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Meaning of FOREIGN

Pronunciation:  'forin

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world; "foreign nations"; "a foreign accent"; "on business in a foreign city"
  2. [adj]  of concern to or concerning the affairs of other nations (other than your own); "foreign trade"; "a foreign office"
  3. [adj]  not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something; "an economic theory alien to the spirit of capitalism"; "the mysticism so foreign to the French mind and temper"; "jealousy is foreign to her nature"
  4. [adj]  not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source; "water free of extraneous matter"; "foreign particles in milk"

FOREIGN is a 7 letter word that starts with F.


 Synonyms: abroad, adulterant, adulterating, adventive, alien, established, exotic, external, extraneous, extrinsic, foreign-born, imported, international, naturalized, nonnative, outside(a), overseas, strange, tramontane, unnaturalised, unnaturalized
 Antonyms: domestic, native



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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.''

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

Syn: Outlandish; alien; exotic; remote; distant; extraneous;

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