What does foreigner mean?

Definitions for foreigner
ˈfɔr ə nər, ˈfɒr-for·eign·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. foreigner, alien, noncitizen, outlandernoun

    a person who comes from a foreign country; someone who does not owe allegiance to your country

  2. foreigner, outsidernoun

    someone who is excluded from or is not a member of a group


  1. foreignernoun

    A person from a foreign country.

  2. foreignernoun

    A private job run by an employee at a trade factory rather than going through the business.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Foreignernoun

    A man that comes from another country; not a native; a stranger.

    Etymology: from foreign.

    Joy is such a foreigner,
    So mere a stranger to my thoughts, I know
    Not how to entertain him. John Denham, Sophy.

    To this false foreigner you give your throne,
    And wrong a friend, a kinsman, and a son:
    Resume your ancient care. John Dryden, Æn.

    Water is the only native of England made use of in punch; but the lemons, the brandy, the sugar, and the nutmegs, are all foreigners. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.

    Nor could the majesty of the English crown appear in a greater lustre, either to foreigners or subjects. Jonathan Swift.


  1. foreigner

    A foreigner is a person who is from a different country or nationality other than the one they currently reside or are being referred to. This person is not a native and may have different cultural, social, or linguistic backgrounds. They can be in the country for various purposes such as tourism, work, study, or immigration.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Foreignernoun

    a person belonging to or owning allegiance to a foreign country; one not native in the country or jurisdiction under consideration, or not naturalized there; an alien; a stranger


  1. Foreigner

    Foreigner is a British-American rock band, originally formed in 1976 by veteran English musician Mick Jones and fellow briton and ex-King Crimson member Ian McDonald along with American vocalist Lou Gramm. Foreigner are one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time with worldwide sales of nearly 80 million albums, including 37.5 million albums in the United States alone.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz


    One who is eligible to the police force. From Grk. _fero_, to carry off, and _enara_, spoils. One who carries off the spoils.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'foreigner' in Nouns Frequency: #2622

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of foreigner in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of foreigner in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of foreigner in a Sentence

  1. Jonathan Nagel:

    Im in my country,being treated like Im some kind of criminal or foreigner who has ill-intent -- and Im not.

  2. Bryan Fuller:

    We had been telling the story of Hannibal Lecter, foreigner in America, so far, and now we transition the story, he's returning to more familiar settings to lick his wounds. It allows us to explore the emotional bandwidth of his character and see him pining for his friend Will.

  3. Zaw Myint Maung:

    General Aung San is the father of the military. Aung San Suu Kyi is born from two Burmese citizens. It's sad that they said she is a foreigner.

  4. Humberto Leal:

    Clinton's statement captures her precarious diplomatic position, when an American is arrested overseas, and his rights have been violated in some way, the U.S. will have little diplomatic capital to negotiate with after executing a foreigner in blatant violation of international law.

  5. Andy Ho:

    You're not a foreigner, are you? yet you're not Vietnamese either. You're somewhere in between.

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    a partiality that prevents objective consideration of an issue or situation
    A tranquillity
    B apex
    C aspiration
    D bias

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