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"
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
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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.]
British National Corpus
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
The numerical value of foreign in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of foreign in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Images & Illustrations of foreign
Translations for foreign
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
Get even more translations for foreign »
Find a translation for the foreign definition in other languages:
Select another language: