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"


  1. foreign(Noun)


  2. foreign(Adjective)

    From a different country.

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

  3. foreign(Adjective)

    belonging to a different culture.

    Eating with chopsticks was a foreign concept to him.

  4. foreign(Adjective)

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

    foreign body

  5. foreign(Adjective)

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

  6. 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).

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.]

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


  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. Laura Dawson:

    It's easy foreign travel.

  2. Park Yong Chol:

    I do not like talking to foreign media.

  3. Matthew VanDyke:

    We don't facilitate any foreign fighters.

  4. Christopher Morley:

    Life is a foreign language all men mispronounce it.

  5. Mae West:

    I only like two kinds of men; domestic and foreign.

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