- of or relating to law outside of local jurisdiction.
- of or relating to another jurisdiction, as of another nation or state.
- foreign affairs,
- foreign aid,
- foreign bill,
- foreign body,
- foreign body granuloma
Origin of foreign
Examples from the Web for foreignness
Beyond that, however, he is doubly affected by his foreignness.
She hesitated, feeling a distaste for their foreignness, and for the fussy, effusive smilingness of the madame.Rough-Hewn|Dorothy Canfield
The foreignness as an asset overcame his objection to the French, and “an actress” also sounded unconventional.George Borrow|Edward Thomas
It is, of course, the indigenous birds of a country that emphasise its foreignness far more than its people.Roving East and Roving West|E. V. Lucas
Word Origin for foreign
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.