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 (fôr′ĭn, fŏr′-)
a. Located away from one's native country: on business in a foreign city.
b. Of, characteristic of, or from a place or country other than the one being considered: a foreign custom.
c. Conducted or involved with other nations or governments; not domestic: foreign trade.
2. Situated in an abnormal or improper place in the body and typically introduced from outside: a foreign object in the eye.
3. Not natural; alien: Jealousy is foreign to her nature.
4. Not germane; irrelevant.
5. Subject to the jurisdiction of another political unit.

[Middle English forein, from Old French forain, from Late Latin forānus, on the outside, from Latin forās, outside; see dhwer- in Indo-European roots.]

for′eign·ness n.
Synonyms: foreign, alien, exotic, strange
These adjectives mean of, from, or characteristic of another place or part of the world: a foreign accent; alien customs; exotic birds; moved to a strange city.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.foreignness - the quality of being alien or not native; "the strangeness of a foreigner"
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
exoticism, exoticness, exotism - the quality of being exotic; "he loved the exoticism of Egypt"
alienage, alienism - the quality of being alien
nativeness - the quality of belonging to or being connected with a certain place or region by virtue of birth or origin
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