Definition of foreign adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfɒrən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfɔːrən//
    , NAmE//ˈfɑːrən//
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  1. 1  in or from a country that is not your own a foreign accent/language/student a foreign-owned company foreign holidays You could tell she was foreign by the way she dressed.
  2. 2  [only before noun] dealing with or involving other countries foreign affairs/news/policy/trade foreign aid a foreign correspondent (= one who reports on foreign countries in newspapers or on television) opposite domestic, home
  3. 3foreign to somebody/something (formal) not typical of somebody/something; not known to somebody/something and therefore seeming strange Dishonesty is foreign to his nature.
  4. 4foreign object/body (formal) an object that has entered something by accident and should not be there Tears help to protect the eye from potentially harmful foreign bodies. More Like This Silent letters gnarled, gnash, gnat, gnaw, gnome haute cuisine, heir, (NAmE herb), honour, hors d’oeuvre, hour knack, knee, kneel, knife, knight, knit, knob, knock, knot, know, knuckle psalm, psephology, psychic, ptarmigan, pterodactyl, psychology wrangle, wrap, wreath, wreck, wrench, wrestle, wriggle, wring, write, wrong bomb, climb, crumb, doubt, lamb, limb ascent, fascinate, muscle, scene, scissors height, right, sleigh, weight align, campaign, design, foreign, malign, reign, unfeigned balmy, calm, calf, half, yolk autumn, column, condemn, damn, hymn, solemn bristle, fasten, listen, mortgage, soften, thistle, wrestle biscuit, build, circuit, disguise, guilty, league, rogue, vague yacht answer, sword, twoSee worksheet.
  5. Word OriginMiddle English foren, forein, from Old French forein, forain, based on Latin foras, foris ‘outside’, from fores ‘door’. The current spelling arose in the 16th cent., by association with sovereign.Extra examples The name sounded foreign. This kind of attitude is completely foreign to her. a slightly foreign accent He was appointed Home Secretary and then later Foreign Secretary. She had no money and was alone in a foreign country. She was working as a foreign correspondent. The cinema often shows foreign films. The collection of plants includes many native and foreign species. The new president had no experience of foreign affairs. There have been changes in both domestic and foreign policy. There were very few foreign cars on the roads in those days. Tourism is the country’s biggest foreign currency earner. What foreign languages do you speak?
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