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 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 Jeannie was a 17-year-old who was determined to secure her future by marrying a wealthy foreigner. Paul Brown, Longreads, "How Four Americans Robbed the Bank of England," 10 Aug. 2020 In total, 28% of all marriages between a foreigner and a Korean person involved a South Korean man and a Vietnamese bride. Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "South Korean authorities encourage men to marry foreign women. But they often become victims of abuse," 2 Aug. 2020 As a foreigner, Gibson intimated that the absence of the past in Singapore incited psychic pain. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "The Big Tech hearing was a good day for democracy," 30 July 2020 Jakarta after nearby residents tipped off police to a foreigner suspected of exploiting children, according to investigators. Fox News, "French man accused of molesting hundreds of children kills self in Indonesia jail, police say," 14 July 2020 Alarmingly, the law has an even broader reach than mainland Chinese criminal law, which only holds a foreigner liable for a crime committed outside of China if the effect of that crime occurs in China. Mary Hui, Quartz, "China’s national security law for Hong Kong covers everyone on Earth," 30 June 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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14 Sep 2020

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“Foreigner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 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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