- 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 foreignness
Beyond that, however, he is doubly affected by his foreignness.Why Isn’t Idris Elba A Bigger Movie Star?
November 29, 2013
She felt upon him the hardness, the foreignness of another influence.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
It was not often he resented Lucienne's Teutonic independence, her foreignness, her atheism.When the Owl Cries
It was that I felt my aloneness, my foreignness to all things.The Story of Mary MacLane
It loses much of its foreignness at once, and is thus easier to absorb.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
The feeling of disorientation and foreignness was new to Perry.Makers
- 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 foreignness
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.