[fawr-in, for-] /ˈfɔr ɪn, ˈfɒr-/
of, relating to, or derived from another country or nation; not native:
of or relating to contact or dealings with other countries; connected with foreign affairs.
external to one’s own country or nation:
a foreign country.
carried on abroad, or with other countries:
belonging to or coming from another district, province, etc.
located outside a specific district, province, etc.
belonging to or proceeding from other persons or things:
a statement supported by foreign testimony.
not belonging to the place or body where found:
foreign matter in a chemical mixture.
not related to or connected with the thing under consideration:
foreign to our discussion.
alien in character; irrelevant or inappropriate; remote.
strange or unfamiliar.
of, involving, located in, or coming from another country, area, people, etc: a foreign resident
dealing or concerned with another country, area, people, etc: a foreign office
not pertinent or related: a matter foreign to the discussion
not familiar; strange
in an abnormal place or position: foreign matter, foreign bodies
(law) outside the jurisdiction of a particular state; alien
mid-13c., ferren, foreyne “out of doors,” from Old French forain “strange, foreign; outer, external, outdoor; remote, out-of-the-way” (12c.), from Medieval Latin foranus “on the outside, exterior,” from Latin foris “outside,” literally “out of doors,” related to for1s “door,” from PIE *dhwor-ans-, from root *dhwer- “door, doorway” (see door). Spelling altered 17c. perhaps by influence of reign, sovereign. Replaced native fremd. Sense of “not in one’s own land” is first attested late 14c.
plural noun 1. activities of a nation in its relationships with other nations; international relations. plural noun 1. matters abroad that involve the homeland, such as relations with another country 2. matters that do not involve the homeland
noun 1. economic, technical, or military aid given by one nation to another for purposes of relief and rehabilitation, for economic stabilization, or for mutual defense. noun 1. economic and other assistance given by one country to another
noun 1. a bill of exchange drawn on a payer in one country by a maker in another. noun 1. a bill of exchange that is drawn in one country and made payable in another: used extensively in foreign trade Compare inland bill
- Foreign body
foreign body for·eign body (fôr’ĭn) n. An object or entity in the body that has been introduced from outside.