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FOREIGN, a. for'an. [L. foris, foras.]
adjective Etymology: Middle English forein, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin foranus on the outside, from Latin foris outside — more at forum Date: 13th century
adj. 1 of or from or situated in or characteristic of a country or a language other than one's own. 2 dealing with other countries (foreign service). 3 of another district, society, etc. 4 (often foll. by to) unfamiliar, strange, uncharacteristic (his behaviour is foreign to me). 5 coming from outside (a foreign body lodged in my eye). Phrases and idioms: foreign aid money, food, etc. given or lent by one country to another. foreign exchange 1 the currency of other countries. 2 dealings in these. foreign legion a body of foreign volunteers in an army (esp. the French army). foreign minister (or secretary) a government minister in charge of his or her country's relations with other countries. foreign office a government department dealing with other countries. Derivatives: foreignness n. Etymology: ME f. OF forein, forain ult. f. L foras, -is outside: for -g- cf. sovereign
Foreign For"eign, a. [OE. forein, F. forain, LL. foraneus, fr. L. foras, foris, out of doors, abroad, without; akin to fores doors, and E. door. See Door, and cf. Foreclose, Forfeit, Forest, Forum.] 1. Outside; extraneous; separated; alien; as, a foreign country; a foreign government. ``Foreign worlds.'' --Milton. 2. Not native or belonging to a certain country; born in or belonging to another country, nation, sovereignty, or locality; as, a foreign language; foreign fruits. ``Domestic and foreign writers.'' --Atterbury. Hail, foreign wonder! Whom certain these rough shades did never breed. --Milton. 3. Remote; distant; strange; not belonging; not connected; not pertaining or pertient; not appropriate; not harmonious; not agreeable; not congenial; -- with to or from; as, foreign to the purpose; foreign to one's nature. This design is not foreign from some people's thoughts. --Swift. 4. Held at a distance; excluded; exiled. [Obs.] Kept him a foreign man still; which so grieved him, That he ran mad and died. --Shak. Foreign attachment (Law), a process by which the property of a foreign or absent debtor is attached for the satisfaction of a debt due from him to the plaintiff; an attachment of the goods, effects, or credits of a debtor in the hands of a third person; -- called in some States trustee, in others factorizing, and in others garnishee process. --Kent. --Tomlins. --Cowell. Foreign bill, a bill drawn in one country, and payable in another, as distinguished from an inland bill, which is one drawn and payable in the same country. In this latter, as well as in several other points of view, the different States of the United States are foreign to each other. See Exchange, n., 4. --Kent. --Story. Foreign body (Med.), a substance occurring in any part of the body where it does not belong, and usually introduced from without. Foreign office, that department of the government of Great Britain which has charge British interests in foreign countries.
Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English. 1. Something or someone that is foreign comes from or relates to a country that is not your own. ...in Frankfurt, where a quarter of the population is foreign... She was on her first foreign holiday without her parents. ...a foreign language... It is the largest ever private foreign investment in the Bolivian mining sector. ADJ 2. In politics and journalism, foreign is used to describe people, jobs, and activities relating to countries that are not the country of the person or government concerned. ...the German foreign minister... I am the foreign correspondent in Washington of La Tribuna newspaper of Honduras. ...the effects of US foreign policy in the 'free world'. ADJ: ADJ n 3. A foreign object is something that has got into something else, usually by accident, and should not be there. (FORMAL) The patient's immune system would reject the transplanted organ as a foreign object. ADJ: usu ADJ n 4. Something that is foreign to a particular person or thing is not typical of them or is unknown to them. The very notion of price competition is foreign to many schools... ADJ: usu v-link ADJ to n
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