foreign

[fawr-in, for-]

adjective


Origin of foreign

1200–50; Middle English forein < Old French forain, forein < Vulgar Latin *forānus, derivative of Latin forās outside
Related formsfor·eign·ly, adverbfor·eign·ness, nounnon·for·eign, adjectivenon·for·eign·ness, nounpro·for·eign, adjectivequa·si-for·eign, adjectiveun·for·eign, adjective

Synonyms for foreign

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Examples from the Web for foreign

Contemporary Examples of foreign

Historical Examples of foreign

  • A foreign stain floated on the surface, but never mingled with its waters.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • His own situation was described as happy as it could be in a foreign land.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • Besides, this was the first foreign shore his foot had ever trodden.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • They had forced the foreign immigrants to work in their factories.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon

  • The Jews were the subjects of a foreign race and money was scarce.

    Ancient Man

    Hendrik Willem van Loon


British Dictionary definitions for foreign

foreign

adjective

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
Derived Formsforeignly, adverbforeignness, noun

Word Origin for foreign

C13: from Old French forain, from Vulgar Latin forānus (unattested) situated on the outside, from Latin foris outside
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Word Origin and History for foreign
adj.

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.

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