foreign


foreign
foreign ADJECTIVE 1) of, from, in, or characteristic of a country or language other than one's own. 2) dealing with or relating to other countries. 3) coming or introduced from outside. 4) (foreign to) strange and unfamiliar to. 5) (foreign to) not belonging to or characteristic of.
DERIVATIVES foreignness noun.
ORIGIN Old French forein, forain, from Latin foras, foris 'outside' .

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  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foreign — for·eign adj: not being within the jurisdiction of a political unit (as a state); esp: being from or in a state other than the one in which a matter is being considered a foreign company doing business in South Carolina a foreign executor… …   Law dictionary

  • Foreign — may refer to:*Foreign corporation, a corporation that can do business outside its jurisdiction *Foreign key, a constraint in a relational database *Foreign language, a language not spoken by the people of a certain place *Foreign policy, how a… …   Wikipedia

  • foreign — [fôr′in, fär′in] adj. [ME forein < OFr forein, forain < LL foranus, foreign, orig., external < L foras, out of doors, orig. acc. pl. of OL fora, DOOR] 1. situated outside one s own country, province, locality, etc. [foreign lands] 2. of …   English World dictionary

  • foreign — UK US /ˈfɒrɪn/ adjective ► in or from a country that is not your own: a foreign brand/company/firm »The company represents some foreign brands as their agents or distributors. foreign capital/debt/investment »The country needs to attract foreign… …   Financial and business terms

  • foreign — (adj.) mid 13c., ferren, foreyne out of doors, from O.Fr. forain strange, foreign; outer, external, outdoor; remote, out of the way (12c.), from M.L. foranus on the outside, exterior, from L. foris outside, lit. out of doors, related to for1s… …   Etymology dictionary

  • foreign — [adj1] from another country, experience adopted, alien, alienated, antipodal, barbarian, barbaric, borrowed, derived, different, distant, estranged, exiled, exotic, expatriate, external, extralocal, extraneous, extrinsic, far, faraway, far… …   New thesaurus

  • foreign — alien, extraneous, *extrinsic Analogous words: external, outside, Cuter: Unconsonant, inconsistent, incongruous, incompatible: *repugnant, repellent, obnoxious, distasteful: adventitious, *accidental Antonyms: germane Contrasted words: *relevant …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • foreign — Belonging to another nation or country; belonging or attached to another jurisdiction; made, done, or rendered in another state or jurisdiction; subject to another jurisdiction; operating or solvable in another territory; extrinsic; outside;… …   Black's law dictionary


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