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foreign adj
1 of concern to or concerning the affairs of other nations (other than your own); "foreign trade"; "a foreign office" [ant: domestic]
2 relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world; "foreign nations"; "a foreign accent"; "on business in a foreign city" [ant: native]
3 not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something; "an economic theory alien to the spirit of capitalism"; "the mysticism so foreign to the French mind and temper"; "jealousy is foreign to her nature" [syn: alien]
4 not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source; "water free of extraneous matter"; "foreign particles in milk" [syn: extraneous]

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From etyl fro forain, from Vulgar Latin *|forānus, from etyl la foras, foris outside.


  • a UK /ˈfɒɹən/, /"fQr@n/
  • (US) /ˈfɔːɹən/, /"fO:r@n/
  • Rhymes: -ɒrən, -ɒrɪn
  • Hyphenation: for·eign


  1. From a different country.
    foreign students
  2. Belonging to a different culture.
    Eating with chopsticks was a foreign concept to him
  3. Of an object, etc, in a place where it does not belong.
    foreign body


  • (from a different country): overseas
  • (belonging to a different culture): alien
  • (in a place where it does not belong): extraneous


  • (from a different country): domestic
  • (belonging to a different culture): native


from a different country
belonging to a different culture
in a place where it does not belong

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