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foreigner

[fawr-uh-ner, for-] /ˈfɔr ə nər, ˈfɒr-/
noun
1.
a person not native to or naturalized in the country or jurisdiction under consideration; alien.
2.
a person from outside one's community.
3.
a thing produced in or brought from a foreign country.
4.
Nautical. a foreign vessel.
Origin of foreigner
late Middle English
1375-1425
First recorded in 1375-1425, foreigner is from the late Middle English word foreiner. See foreign, -er1
Synonyms
1. outlander. See stranger.
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Examples from the Web for foreigner
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  • What he specially disliked was that his master was a foreigner.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • How can I be a foreigner in my own country, here where I was born?

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • She was a foreigner, but spoke French so perfectly that I was stupefied.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • A plot in the prisons, of the foreigner against the Republic.

    A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
  • It will be a curious sight, especially for a foreigner, and I advise you not to miss it.

British Dictionary definitions for foreigner

foreigner

/ˈfɒrɪnə/
noun
1.
a person from a foreign country; alien
2.
an outsider or interloper
3.
something from a foreign country, such as a ship or product
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Word Origin and History for foreigner
n.

early 15c., foreyner; see foreign + -er (1).

In ordinary use chiefly applied to those who speak a foreign language as their native tongue; thus in England the term is not commonly understood to include Americans. [OED]

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