Definition of Foreign

1. Adjective. Of concern to or concerning the affairs of other nations (other than your own). "A foreign office"

2. Adjective. Relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world. "On business in a foreign city"

3. Adjective. Not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something. "Jealousy is foreign to her nature"
Exact synonyms: Alien
Similar to: Extrinsic
Derivative terms: Foreignness

4. Adjective. Not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source. "Foreign particles in milk"
Exact synonyms: Extraneous
Similar to: Adulterant, Adulterating
Derivative terms: Extraneousness

Definition of Foreign

1. a. Outside; extraneous; separated; alien; as, a foreign country; a foreign government.

Definition of Foreign

1. Adjective. From a different country. ¹

2. Adjective. belonging to a different culture. ¹

3. Adjective. Of an object, etc, in a place where it does not belong. ¹

4. Adjective. (US state legal) From a different one of the states of the United States, as of a state of residence or incorporation. ¹

5. Adjective. Belonging to a different organization, company etc. ¹

6. Noun. (informal) foreigner ¹

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Definition of Foreign

1. situated outside a place or country [adj]

Medical Definition of Foreign

1. 1. Outside; extraneous; separated; alien; as, a foreign country; a foreign government. "Foreign worlds." 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." "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. "Kept him a foreign man still; which so grieved him, That he ran mad and died." (Shak) Foreign attachment, 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. Synonym: Outlandish, alien, exotic, remote, distant, extraneous, extrinsic. Origin: 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Foreign

foreign (current term)
foreign-body appendicitis
foreign-body migration
foreign-body reaction
foreign accent syndrome
foreign accent syndromes
foreign affairs
foreign agent
foreign aid
foreign bill
foreign body
foreign body aspiration
foreign body giant cell

Literary usage of Foreign

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Correspondence Concerning Claims Against Great Britain: Transmitted to the by United States Dept. of State (1871)
"AN ACT to regulate the conduct of Her Majesty's subjects during the existence of hostilities between foreign states with which Her Majesty is at peace. ..."

2. Selected Readings in International Trade and Tariff Problems by Frank William Taussig (1921)
"PART I INTERNATIONAL TRADE I RICARDO: ON foreign TRADE1 NO EXTENSION of foreign trade will immediately increase the amount of value in a country, ..."

3. Un-American Immigration: Its Present Effects and Future Perils : a Study by Rena Michaels Atchison (1894)
"CHAPTER I. OUR foreign BELT. With the population of every State north of Mason and Dixon's line largely composed of foreign-born persons, or their immediate ..."

4. Treaty Ports in China: (a Study in Diplomacy) by En-Sai Tai (1918)
"foreign commerce increased so rapidly that even in 990 B. c., it was thought ... The Reaction in China's foreign Policy. However, by the beginning of the ..."

5. Bismarck: Some Secret Pages of His History by Moritz Busch (1898)
"... Secretary in the foreign Office of the North German Confederation, who was at that time occupied principally with Press matters and with whom I had been ..."

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