Definitions for foreignˈfɔr ɪn, ˈfɒr-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
for•eignˈfɔr ɪn, ˈfɒr-(adj.)
of, pertaining to, or derived from another country or nation:
of or pertaining to contact or dealings with other countries:
external to one's own country or nation:
a foreign country.
carried on abroad, or with other countries:
belonging to or coming from another place.
of or pertaining to law outside the local jurisdiction. of or pertaining to the jurisdiction of another state, nation etc.
not belonging to the place or body where found:
foreign matter in a chemical mixture.
not connected with the thing under consideration:
That topic is foreign to our discussion.
alien in character; irrelevant or inappropriate.
Origin of foreign:
1200–50; ME forein < OF forain, forein << L forās outside
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
foreign(adjective)ˈfɔr ɪn, ˈfɒr-
from or in another country
foreign workers; a foreign language; foreign currency
foreignˈfɔr ɪn, ˈfɒr-
relating to other countries
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
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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
Translations for foreign
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
belonging to a country other than one's own
a foreign passport.
- estrangeiroPortuguese (BR)
- inozeman, stranCroatian
- užsieninis, užsienioLithuanian
- ārzemju-; svešzemju-; ārlietu-Latvian
- utenlandsk, fremmed(-), utenlands-Norwegian
- zagraniczny, cudzoziemskiPolish
- دباندينى، خارجى، ورچنى، پردى، دبل وطنPashto
- yabancı, ecnebiTurkish
- 外國的Chinese (Trad.)
- іноземний; нетутешнійUkrainian
- غیر ملکیUrdu
- nước ngoàiVietnamese
- 外国的Chinese (Simp.)
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