for·eign·er | \ˈfȯr-ə-nər, 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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Deutsche Bank may be a likelier partner for Commerzbank than any foreigner is for either. The Economist, "Why the euro zone hasn’t seen more cross-border bank mergers," 12 July 2018 Quiros and Stenger were accused of misusing $200 million raised from foreign investors through the EB-5 visa program, which helps foreigners obtain permanent residency by investing in job-creating developments., "Two friends who worked at different pharmaceutical companies convicted of insider trading," 12 July 2018 His encounters with the locals are mostly hilarious and vividly observed, threaded with the types of details that foreigners see as bizarre and Russians tend to ignore as routine. Simon Shuster, Time, "To Understand Russia, Read A Terrible Country," 12 July 2018 The Yemenis have been flying to Malaysia, where foreigners can stay for up to 90 days without a visa, before moving on to Jeju, which had a visa waiver program to encourage tourism. Chris Irvine, Fox News, "South Korea fearful Yemeni asylum seekers will exploit visa loophole," 28 June 2018 The administration argued that courts have no role to play because the president has broad powers over immigration and national security, and foreigners have no right to enter the country. CBS News, "Supreme Court upholds Trump travel ban," 26 June 2018 When a foreigner resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them. Emma Platoff, star-telegram, "In Sunday sermons, Texas faith leaders rebuke Trump's 'zero tolerance' policy," 17 June 2018 Yet now foreigners could be roaming the country demanding access. The Christian Science Monitor, "A summit that may pop fear in North Korea," 12 June 2018 No one publicly disclosed the meeting, even after an earlier Trump Tower meeting with assistance-offering foreigners came to light early last year. Chas Danner, Daily Intelligencer, "Beyond Russia: Understanding the New Trump Campaign Collusion Story," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of foreigner

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of foreigner was in the 15th century

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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 \

Kids Definition of foreigner

: a person who is from a foreign country

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