[ fawr-in, for- ]
/ ˈfɔr ɪn, ˈfɒr- /


Origin of foreign

1200–50; Middle English forein < Old French forain, forein < Vulgar Latin *forānus, derivative of Latin forās outside

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British Dictionary definitions for foreignness


/ (ˈfɒrɪn) /


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

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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