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[fawr-in, for-] /ˈfɔr ɪn, ˈfɒr-/

of, relating to, or derived from another country or nation; not native:
foreign cars.
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:
foreign trade.
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.


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