- of, relating to, or derived from another country or nation; not native: foreign cars.
- of or relating to contact or dealings with other countries; connected with foreign affairs.
- external to one's own country or nation: a foreign country.
- carried on abroad, or with other countries: foreign trade.
- belonging to or coming from another district, province, etc.
- located outside a specific district, province, etc.
- of or relating to law outside of local jurisdiction.
- of or relating to another jurisdiction, as of another nation or state.
- belonging to or proceeding from other persons or things: a statement supported by foreign testimony.
- not belonging to the place or body where found: foreign matter in a chemical mixture.
- not related to or connected with the thing under consideration: foreign to our discussion.
- alien in character; irrelevant or inappropriate; remote.
- strange or unfamiliar.
Origin of foreign
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Examples from the Web for foreign
Cambodia, with its seemingly free press, is also a haven for foreign journalists.Cambodia’s Smoke-and-Mirrors Democracy
January 9, 2015
What they believe impacts economic policy, foreign policy, education policy, environmental policy, you name it.The Evangelical Apocalypse Is All Your Fault
January 4, 2015
Huckabee is also not burdened by, or beholden to, foreign investors.Can Huckabee Convert the GOP’s Moneymen?
January 4, 2015
What if there were a legal dispute between the foreign investor and his or her Egyptian partners or collaborators?Amal Clooney vs. Egypt’s Courts
January 4, 2015
The Italian foreign ministry has declined to comment on the video.Jihadis Release New Year’s Eve Video of Italian Female Hostages
Jamie Dettmer, Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 2, 2015
A foreign stain floated on the surface, but never mingled with its waters.
His own situation was described as happy as it could be in a foreign land.
Besides, this was the first foreign shore his foot had ever trodden.Brave and Bold
They had forced the foreign immigrants to work in their factories.
The Jews were the subjects of a foreign race and money was scarce.
- of, involving, located in, or coming from another country, area, people, etca foreign resident
- dealing or concerned with another country, area, people, etca foreign office
- not pertinent or relateda matter foreign to the discussion
- not familiar; strange
- in an abnormal place or positionforeign matter; foreign bodies
- law outside the jurisdiction of a particular state; alien
Word Origin and History for foreign
mid-13c., ferren, foreyne "out of doors," from Old French forain "strange, foreign; outer, external, outdoor; remote, out-of-the-way" (12c.), from Medieval Latin foranus "on the outside, exterior," from Latin foris "outside," literally "out of doors," related to for1s "door," from PIE *dhwor-ans-, from root *dhwer- "door, doorway" (see door). Spelling altered 17c. perhaps by influence of reign, sovereign. Replaced native fremd. Sense of "not in one's own land" is first attested late 14c.