foreign relations


(used with a plural verb) the dealings and relationships between nations.
(used with a singular verb) the field of foreign affairs: an expert in foreign relations.
(used with a singular verb) the quality or character of foreign affairs as a consequence of foreign policy: a deterioration in their foreign relations.

Origin of foreign relations

An Americanism dating back to 1800–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019