What does Foreign mean?

Definitions for Foreign
ˈfɔr ɪn, ˈfɒr-For·eign

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. foreignadjective

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

    "foreign trade"; "a foreign office"

  2. foreign, strangeadjective

    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, foreignadjective

    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, foreignadjective

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

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


  1. foreignnoun


  2. foreignadjective

    From a different country.

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

  3. foreignadjective

    belonging to a different culture.

    Eating with chopsticks was a foreign concept to him.

  4. foreignadjective

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

    foreign body

  5. foreignadjective

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

  6. 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).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. FOREIGNadjective

    Etymology: forain, French; forano, Spanish, from foris, Latin.

    Your son, that with a fearful soul
    Leads discontented steps in foreign soil,
    This fair alliance quickly shall call home. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    The learned correspondence you hold in foreign parts. John Milton.

    The positions are so far from being new, that they are commonly to be met with in both ancient and modern, domestick and foreign writers. Francis Atterbury, Serm. Pref.

    The parties and divisions amongst us may several ways bring destruction upon our country, at the same time that our united force would secure us against all the attempts of a foreign enemy. Joseph Addison, Freeholder, №. 34.

    I must dissemble,
    And speak a language foreign to my heart. Joseph Addison, Cato.

    Fame is a good so wholly foreign to our natures, that we have no faculty in the soul adapted to it, nor any organ in the body to relish it, placed out of the possibility of fruition. Addis.

    This design is not foreign from some people’s thoughts. Jonathan Swift, on the Sacramental Test.

    They will not stick to say you envied him;
    And fearing he would rise, he was so virtuous,
    Kept him a foreign man still; which so griev’d him,
    That he ran mad and died. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    There are who, fondly studious of increase,
    Rich foreign mold in their ill-natur’d land
    Induce. Phillips.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Foreignadjective

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

  2. Foreignadjective

    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. Foreignadjective

    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. Foreignadjective

    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

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  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. Chief Executive Michal Krupinski:

    Our goal should be to have 15 to 20 percent of our total gross written premiums from foreign operations, we will not focus only on Eastern Europe. We do not exclude expansion by takeovers, but we want to follow other growth paths too.

  2. Congresswoman Gabbard:

    As President, I will immediately begin work to end this new Cold War and nuclear arms race, end our interventionist foreign policy of carrying out wasteful regime change wars, and instead redirect our precious resources towards serving the needs of the people right here at home.

  3. Will Rogers:

    I traveled a good deal all over the world, and I got along pretty good in all these foreign countries, for I have a theory that it's their country and they got a right to run it like they want to.

  4. Jon Hamm:

    Thank you to the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for supporting our show all the way to the end, thank you to Mr Weiner( the show's creator) who wrote this horrible person and picked me to play him.

  5. Christopher Noble:

    The first we thing have to teach is using a knife and fork, we use them every day but to them it's inherently foreign.

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    a person or thing that takes or can take the place of another
    • A. slip
    • B. substitute
    • C. contribution
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