(noun, adjective)


1. of concern to or concerning the affairs of other nations (other than your own)

- foreign trade

- a foreign office

Similar word(s): abroad, overseas, external, international, outside, international

2. relating to or originating in or characteristic of another place or part of the world

- foreign nations

- a foreign accent

- on business in a foreign city

Similar word(s): adventive, alien, exotic, nonnative, established, naturalized, imported, tramontane, unnaturalised, unnaturalized, strange

3. not contained in or deriving from the essential nature of something

- the mysticism so foreign to the French mind and temper

- jealousy is foreign to her nature

Similar word(s): extrinsic, alien

4. not belonging to that in which it is contained; introduced from an outside source

- foreign particles in milk

Similar word(s): adulterant, adulterating, extraneous

Sentences with foreign as an adjective:

- foreign markets; foreign soil

- He liked visiting foreign cities.

- foreign car; foreign word; foreign citizen; foreign trade

- foreign policy; foreign navies

- foreign body; foreign substance; foreign gene; foreign species

- It was completely foreign to their way of thinking.

- My bank charges me $2.50 every time I use a foreign ATM.


1. (informal) foreigner