of concern to or concerning the affairs of other nations (other than your own)
"foreign trade"; "a foreign office"
relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world
"foreign nations"; "a foreign accent"; "on business in a foreign city"
not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something
"an economic theory alien to the spirit of capitalism"; "the mysticism so foreign to the French mind and temper"; "jealousy is foreign to her nature"
not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source
"water free of extraneous matter"; "foreign particles in milk"
From a different country.
There are many more foreign students in Europe since the Erasmus scheme started.
belonging to a different culture.
Eating with chopsticks was a foreign concept to him.
Of an object, etc, in a place where it does not belong.
From a different one of the states of the United States, as of a state of residence or incorporation.
Origin: forein, from forain, from Vulgar Latin *, from foras, also spelled foris. Displaced native ellendish (from elelendisc, compare ellende, elland), eltheodish (from elþeodig, elþeodisc), and non-native peregrin (from peregrin).
outside; extraneous; separated; alien; as, a foreign country; a foreign government
not native or belonging to a certain country; born in or belonging to another country, nation, sovereignty, or locality; as, a foreign language; foreign fruits
remote; distant; strange; not belonging; not connected; not pertaining or pertient; not appropriate; not harmonious; not agreeable; not congenial; -- with to or from; as, foreign to the purpose; foreign to one's nature
held at a distance; excluded; exiled
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
for′in, adj. belonging to another country: from abroad: alien: not belonging to, unconnected: not appropriate.—adj. For′eign-built, built in a foreign country.—ns. For′eigner, a native of another country; For′eignness, the quality of being foreign: want of relation to something: remoteness. [O. Fr. forain—Low L. foraneus—L. foras, out of doors.]
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'foreign' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #559
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'foreign' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2280
Rank popularity for the word 'foreign' in Adjectives Frequency: #67
The numerical value of foreign in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of foreign in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim.
This is the devilish thing about foreign affairs: they are foreign and will not always conform to our whim.
If we are listening to two foreign spies, for example, talking to each other on foreign soil or two representatives of a foreign government, and they mention a US person -- that is incidental collection.
We shouldn't be interfering in a foreign election -- which we are doing -- and we certainly shouldn't be inviting a foreign leader from Canada, Palau, Peru or Israel to rebut our President on a foreign policy matter.
Since every effort in our educational life seems to be directed toward making of the child a being foreign to itself, it must of necessity produce individuals foreign to one another, and in everlasting antagonism with each other.
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