- The definition of foreign is from a country other than your own.
- An example of a foreign language is Spanish, if you live in the U.S.
- An example of a foreign country is Spain, if you live in the U.S.
foreign definition by Webster's New World
- situated outside one's own country, province, locality, etc.: foreign lands
- of, from, or characteristic of another country or countries: foreign languages
- having to do with the relations of one country to another country or countries: foreign affairs, foreign trade
- not subject to the laws or jurisdiction of the specified country
- not natural to the person or thing specified; not belonging; not characteristic: a trait foreign to one's nature
- not pertinent; irrelevant
- not organically belonging; introduced from outside: said of substances found in parts of the body or in organisms where they do not naturally occur
Origin: Middle English forein ; from Old French forein, forain ; from Late Latin foranus, foreign, origin, originally , external ; from Classical Latin foras, out-of-doors, origin, originally accusative plural of Old Latin fora, door
- foreignness noun
foreign definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Located away from one's native country: on business in a foreign city.
- Of, characteristic of, or from a place or country other than the one being considered: a foreign custom.
- Conducted or involved with other nations or governments; not domestic: foreign trade.
- Situated in an abnormal or improper place in the body and typically introduced from outside: a foreign object in the eye.
- Not natural; alien: Jealousy is foreign to her nature.
- Not germane; irrelevant.
- Subject to the jurisdiction of another political unit.
Origin: Middle English forein, from Old French forain, from Late Latin forānus, on the outside, from Latin forās, outside; see dhwer- in Indo-European roots.
- forˈeign·ness noun
foreign - Legal Definition