for·​eign·​er | \ ˈfȯr-ə-nər How to pronounce foreigner (audio) , ˈfär-\

Definition of foreigner

1 : a person belonging to or owing allegiance to a foreign country
2 chiefly dialectal : one not native to a place or community : stranger sense 1c

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Synonyms & Antonyms for foreigner


nonnative, outlander, outsider, stranger



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Examples of foreigner in a Sentence

I can tell by your accent you're a foreigner in these parts.

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That, of course, is not happening, but the distrust of immigrants or foreigners is certainly echoed in this exhibit, as in current events. Daily Pilot, "New exhibit in Anaheim tells stories of O.C.-based Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II," 5 Sep. 2019 About two dozen shops, owned by foreigners and locals alike were either vandalized or looted, Al Jazeera reports. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Five Killed In Xenophobic Attacks In South Africa," 3 Sep. 2019 And yet we’re treated as strangers, foreigners and aliens in our own land. Patrick J. Kiger, Los Angeles Times, "Q&A: Why Luis J. Rodriguez is reviving ‘Always Running’ as a live show," 23 Aug. 2019 Mario Tama/Getty Images What’s more, links between US white nationalists and foreigners are starting to creep up. Alex Ward, Vox, "Buttigieg’s plan to combat domestic terrorism," 7 Aug. 2019 The developers dispute reports that a decline in buyers from South America and other nations have slowed a South Florida luxury market traditionally fueled by foreigners and out-of-state domestic U.S. customers. David Lyons,, "Aston Martin’s high rise in Miami will be the tallest residential building south of New York," 28 June 2019 The erosion of the former British colony’s autonomy over the past two decades is disconcerting to Hong Kong citizens and foreigners alike. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Sullivan has helped Coloradans; Keep your Giellis campaign signs; more responses (6/13/19)," 13 June 2019 The new bill raises fears that Hong Kong citizens, foreigners living in Hong Kong and even people passing through Hong Kong’s airport could be arrested and sent to mainland China, where, critics say, the legal system fails to guarantee a fair trial. Robyn Dixon,, "In Hong Kong, masses turn out in ‘last battle’ against China extradition bill," 11 June 2019 South African president Cyril Ramaphosa drew boos from the crowd, as a result of the recent attacks in Johannesburg on foreigners, including Zimbabweans., "News of the Day From Around the World," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of foreigner

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of foreigner

: a person who is from a country that is not your own


for·​eign·​er | \ ˈfȯr-ə-nər How to pronounce foreigner (audio) \

Kids Definition of foreigner

: a person who is from a foreign country

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