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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Examples of foreigner in a Sentence

I can tell by your accent you're a foreigner in these parts.
Recent Examples on the Web As a foreigner in Paris, Max’s friend Pablo frequently carried a gun for protection. Washington Post, "Who was Max Jacob? A poet, friend of Picasso and, a new biography shows, a man who defied easy labels," 21 Oct. 2020 The group argued that the children of a U.S. citizen who marries abroad are entitled to citizenship at birth no matter where they are born, even if the other parent is a foreigner. Brian Melley, Star Tribune, "Court: Son born abroad to gay couple is a U.S. citizen," 9 Oct. 2020 This portrayal reinforces the 'perpetual foreigner' stereotype, while the film also features lyrics that mock the Chinese language and culture. Lianne Kolirin, CNN, "Classic Disney films now have stronger advisories warning of racist content," 16 Oct. 2020 An informer comes to tell Mr. Hayat that people are beginning to wonder about the foreigner who is asking impertinent questions. Bernard-henri Lévy, WSJ, "A New Generation Fights for Afghanistan," 9 Oct. 2020 The system, though, required a national I.D. number, and the guards seemed uncertain what to do with a foreigner. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, "Nine Days in Wuhan, the Ground Zero of the Coronavirus Pandemic," 5 Oct. 2020 Except the speaker hitting Saddam’s talking points was not a foreigner. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Wrong-Way Biden," 3 Sep. 2020 Hassan urged every expatriate or foreigner returning to Lebanon not to leave their hotels until they are tested and cleared. Bassem Mroue, Star Tribune, "Sharp rise in virus cases in Lebanon after deadly port blast," 17 Aug. 2020 Through birth tourism, any foreigner with enough resources to travel to the United States can deliver an American baby. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Birth tourism adds up to 26,000 in 'citizenship for sale' scam: Report," 12 Aug. 2020

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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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“Foreigner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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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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