What does FOREIGN mean?

Definitions for FOREIGN
ˈfɔr ɪn, ˈfɒr-FOREIGN

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word FOREIGN.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. foreign(adj)

    of concern to or concerning the affairs of other nations (other than your own)

    "foreign trade"; "a foreign office"

  2. foreign, strange(adj)

    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"

  3. alien, foreign(adj)

    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"

  4. extraneous, foreign(adj)

    not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source

    "water free of extraneous matter"; "foreign particles in milk"

Wiktionary

  1. foreign(Noun)

    foreigner

    Etymology: 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).

  2. foreign(Adjective)

    From a different country.

    There are many more foreign students in Europe since the Erasmus scheme started.

    Etymology: 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).

  3. foreign(Adjective)

    belonging to a different culture.

    Eating with chopsticks was a foreign concept to him.

    Etymology: 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).

  4. foreign(Adjective)

    Of an object, etc, in a place where it does not belong.

    foreign body

    Etymology: 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).

  5. foreign(Adjective)

    From a different one of the states of the United States, as of a state of residence or incorporation.

    Etymology: 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).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Foreign(adj)

    outside; extraneous; separated; alien; as, a foreign country; a foreign government

  2. Foreign(adj)

    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

  3. Foreign(adj)

    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

  4. Foreign(adj)

    held at a distance; excluded; exiled

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Foreign

    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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. foreign

    Of another country or society; a word used adjectively, being joined with divers substantives in several senses.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. foreign

    Not of one’s country; not native; alien; from abroad.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FOREIGN' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #559

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FOREIGN' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2280

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'FOREIGN' in Adjectives Frequency: #67

How to pronounce FOREIGN?

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    Alex
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    Daniel
    Daniel
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    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
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    Indian

How to say FOREIGN in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of FOREIGN in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of FOREIGN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of FOREIGN in a Sentence

  1. Rakim Mayers:

    We're in a foreign country, we're approached by two strangers with aggressive behavior: ten months ago when I was with my cousin ... I was stabbed in my face by strangers.

  2. Michael Evanoff:

    Training is the bedrock to protecting lives, if you are a trained foreign service officer and you go through the training we give you, you will be better prepared to react.

  3. Ben Rhodes:

    What he’s always said is that if there’s a threat against us, we will act, but when it comes to shaping events in cultures that are foreign to the United States we have to have some degree of realism.

  4. Jim Risch:

    Senate Foreign Relations Committee will take a little bit of time.

  5. Peter Ustinov:

    I'm convinced there's a small room in the attic of the Foreign Office where future diplomats are taught to stammer.

Images & Illustrations of FOREIGN

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