a military unit consisting of foreign volunteers in the service of a state.
(initial capital letters) a specialized military unit of the French army, consisting of volunteers of all nationalities assigned to military operations and duties outside France.
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- foreign body,
- foreign body granuloma,
- foreign commerce,
- foreign correspondent,
- foreign exchange,
- foreign minister,
- foreign mission,
- foreign office,
- foreign policy,
- foreign relations
Origin of foreign legion
An Americanism dating back to 1880–85
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a body of foreign volunteers serving in an army, esp that of France
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