What does foreign mean?

Definitions for foreign
ˈfɔr ɪn, ˈfɒr-for·eign

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. foreignnoun

    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. foreignadjective

    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. foreignadjective

    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. foreignadjective

    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. foreignadjective

    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. 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

How to pronounce foreign?

  1. Alex
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    Daniel
    British
    Karen
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    Veena
    Indian

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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. Donald Trump:

    We're moving along. We're working along. We're also dealing with foreign countries that might have a problem, it's not as simple as all that and we do have to respect their wishes.

  2. Amy Schumer:

    This poor girl. Your wedding, everyone says it’s your day. It’s YOUR day. She’s like, no it’s not. She has to meet all these foreign dignitaries she’s never met before, there’s so much pressure ... can you imagine having a worse wedding?

  3. Eviaty Jenie:

    One of their considerations is the rapidly changing legal environment and its uncertainty. The nationalism principle, whilst generally good for Indonesia, eventually needs to be accepted by foreign investors.

  4. Rob Portman:

    The President should not have raised the Hunter Biden in Ukraine issue on that call, period. It's not appropriate for a president to engage a foreign government in an investigation of a political opponent, i don't view it as an impeachable offense. I think the House, frankly, rushed to impeachment assuming certain things.

  5. Anthony Amendolia:

    Countries set different parameters, causing us to take atypical approaches to meet all needs, such as buying from foreign approved sources and use of more pre-cooked poultry.

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