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Foreign - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Foreign' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Foreign [ a.]
- Outside; extraneous; separated; alien; as, a foreign country; a foreign government.
- 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.
- 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.
- Held at a distance; excluded; exiled.

Meaning of 'Foreign' (Princeton's WordNet)

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