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foreign

[ fawr-in, for- ]
/ ˈfɔr ɪn, ˈfɒr- /
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adjective
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Origin of foreign

First recorded in 1200–50; Middle English forein, from Old French forain, forein, from unattested Vulgar Latin forānus, derivative of Latin forās “outside”

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British Dictionary definitions for foreign

foreign
/ (ˈfɒrɪn) /

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 forms of foreign

foreignly, 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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