Definition of foreign in English:

foreign

Line breaks: for|eign
Pronunciation: /ˈfɒrɪn
 
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adjective

  • 1Of, from, in, or characteristic of a country or language other than one’s own: foreign currency a man with a foreign accent
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    • And a beautiful thing, for me, was that most spoke with foreign accents and in foreign languages.
    • My life has been spent pretty equally between the two countries, and I flatter myself I speak both languages without any foreign accent.
    • Thousands of foreigners, with foreign currency and language, needed to have a special market set up.
    Synonyms
    overseas, distant, remote, far off, far flung, external, outside; alien, non-native, adventitious
  • 1.1Dealing with or relating to other countries: foreign policy
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    • No. Are they offering us a new foreign policy or another way of dealing with dictators and terrorists?
    • Lawyers and those dealing with foreign affairs have a smooth week ahead.
    • Taubman recounts all of his subject's most significant dealings, both in terms of foreign and domestic policy.
  • 1.2Of or belonging to another district or area: a visit to a foreign clan
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    • The park has also meant a significant tourism boost to the West Kildare area with Irish and foreign tourists coming in increasing numbers.
    • The regency's plan to fight the move has gained support from 200 industrial firms in the area that employ foreign workers.
    • The estate is now back to its original 80,000 acres - the largest area owned by a foreign citizen in the United Kingdom.
  • 1.3Coming or introduced from outside: the quotation is a foreign element imported into the work
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    • Lawyers protested that it would expose clients to unreasonable pressure, and introduce a foreign element into the court.
    • Now introduce two types of foreign elements - lets say bacteria and viruses.
    • This label encompasses processes such as deleting a gene from or introducing a foreign gene into a plant's DNA.

Derivatives

foreignness

Pronunciation: /ˈfɒr(ə)nnɪs/
noun
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  • There was this very basic familiarity - and then utter foreignness.
  • However, having struggled with the nuances of the American language, I have found it more beneficial to adapt to my alien environment rather than advertise my foreignness with a pint of beer and a fresh rendition of ‘Rule Britannia’.
  • But the fact that they were able to make their displeasure felt in a way that deterred further crackdowns is a testament not to their foreignness but to their newfound political clout.

Origin

Middle English foren, forein, from Old French forein, forain, based on Latin foras, foris 'outside', from fores 'door'. The current spelling arose in the 16th century, by association with sovereign.

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