Definition of "foreign" []

  • Located away from one's native country: on business in a foreign city. (adjective)
  • Of, characteristic of, or from a place or country other than the one being considered: a foreign custom. (adjective)
  • Conducted or involved with other nations or governments; not domestic: foreign trade. (adjective)
  • Situated in an abnormal or improper place in the body and typically introduced from outside: a foreign object in the eye. (adjective)
  • Not natural; alien: Jealousy is foreign to her nature. (adjective)
  • Of, involving, located in, or coming from another country, area, people, etc (adjective)

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  • Dealing or concerned with another country, area, people, etc (adjective)
  • Not pertinent or related (adjective)
  • Not familiar; strange (adjective)
  • In an abnormal place or position (adjective)
  • Outside the jurisdiction of a particular state; alien (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "foreign" in a sentence
  • "The English mind took naturally to rebellion, —when foreign, —and it felt particular confidence in the Southern Confederacy because of its combined attributes, —foreign rebellion of English blood, —which came nearer ideal eccentricity than could be reached by Poles, Hungarians, Italians or Frenchmen."
  • "Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, British foreign secretary"
  • "The London-based Foreign Policy Centre (FPC) - an independent think-tank whose president is British foreign secretary Robin Cook"