What does foreign mean?

Definitions for foreign
ˈfɔr ɪn, ˈfɒr-for·eign

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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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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. Tom Burt:

    When we saw what happened in 2016, the efforts that were made by foreign adversaries to actually influence the voting process in the Tom Burt, we concluded we had a responsibility as a technology leader to see what Microsoft could contribute to improving the safety and security of our elections.

  2. Russ Harrison:

    If this is all there is, then the president has missed a real opportunity, He could have taken steps to make it easier for skilled immigrants to become Americans through the green card system, protecting foreign workers and Americans in the process.

  3. Chung Su-yoon:

    I was so proud as a Korean to hear that a South Korean film defeated so many famous foreign films.

  4. Adam Schiff:

    Transparency continues to be the most effective tool in combating the malign behavior of foreign adversaries who intend to mislead and divide the American public through social media, ..., Facebooks takedown of Iran-linked malign influence pages and accounts is further evidence that such deceptive campaigns are worldwide in ambition. This requires a level of vigilance about disinformation operations that we could not have predicted only a few years ago.

  5. House Speaker John Boehner:

    There are serious issues and activities going on in the Middle East and I think it's critically important for members of Congress to hear from foreign leaders, other governments, other parts of their government, to get a real handle on the challenges that we face there.

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    one of four connected cavities in the brain; is continuous with the central canal of the spinal cord and contains cerebrospinal fluid
    • A. maculation
    • B. viverrine
    • C. ventricle
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