- of or relating to law outside of local jurisdiction.
- of or relating to another jurisdiction, as of another nation or state.
Origin of foreign
Synonyms for foreign
Related Words for foreignnessnewness, weirdness, abnormality, oddity, novelty, eccentricity, exoticism, unconventionality, foreignness, esotericism, esoterism
Examples from the Web for foreignness
Contemporary Examples of foreignness
Beyond that, however, he is doubly affected by his foreignness.Why Isn’t Idris Elba A Bigger Movie Star?
November 29, 2013
Historical Examples of foreignness
She felt upon him the hardness, the foreignness of another influence.Sons and Lovers
David Herbert Lawrence
It was not often he resented Lucienne's Teutonic independence, her foreignness, her atheism.When the Owl Cries
It was that I felt my aloneness, my foreignness to all things.The Story of Mary MacLane
It loses much of its foreignness at once, and is thus easier to absorb.The American Language
Henry L. Mencken
The feeling of disorientation and foreignness was new to Perry.Makers
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.