1 not coming from your own country
be, look, sound

The name sounded foreign.


a slightly foreign accent


He was a small man, distinctly foreign in appearance.

2 foreign to sb not typical of sb/not known to sb
be, feel, seem
completely, entirely, quite, totally, utterly

This kind of attitude is completely foreign to her.

Foreign is used with these nouns: ↑accent, ↑adventure, ↑affair, ↑agent, ↑aggression, ↑aid, ↑arena, ↑army, ↑asset, ↑assistance, ↑bank, ↑base, ↑body, ↑branch, ↑capital, ↑commentator, ↑commerce, ↑competition, ↑competitor, ↑consumer, ↑corporation, ↑correspondent, ↑counterpart, ↑country, ↑credit, ↑creditor, ↑culture, ↑currency, ↑customer, ↑debt, ↑demand, ↑diplomat, ↑domination, ↑editor, ↑elite, ↑embassy, ↑enemy, ↑expedition, ↑film, ↑firm, ↑fund, ↑funding, ↑government, ↑holiday, ↑immigrant, ↑import, ↑income, ↑influence, ↑interest, ↑intervention, ↑investment, ↑investor, ↑journalist, ↑labour, ↑land, ↑language, ↑learner, ↑manufacturer, ↑market, ↑media, ↑mercenary, ↑merchant, ↑military, ↑minister, ↑ministry, ↑missionary, ↑multinational, ↑nation, ↑nationality, ↑news, ↑object, ↑observer, ↑occupation, ↑origin, ↑ownership, ↑participation, ↑partner, ↑passport, ↑policy, ↑port, ↑posting, ↑power, ↑press, ↑producer, ↑relation, ↑reporter, ↑right, ↑rival, ↑sale, ↑secretary, ↑security, ↑service, ↑shore, ↑soil, ↑source, ↑spy, ↑state, ↑station, ↑stock, ↑student, ↑subsidiary, ↑substance, ↑supplier, ↑territory, ↑terrorist, ↑tongue, ↑tour, ↑tourist, ↑trade, ↑trader, ↑travel, ↑traveller, ↑trip, ↑troops, ↑vessel, ↑visit, ↑visitor, ↑water, ↑word

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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  • Foreign — For eign, a. [OE. forein, F. forain, LL. foraneus, fr. L. foras, foris, out of doors, abroad, without; akin to fores doors, and E. door. See {Door}, and cf. {Foreclose}, {Forfeit}, {Forest}, {Forum}.] 1. Outside; extraneous; separated; alien; as …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • foreign — for·eign adj: not being within the jurisdiction of a political unit (as a state); esp: being from or in a state other than the one in which a matter is being considered a foreign company doing business in South Carolina a foreign executor… …   Law dictionary

  • Foreign — may refer to:*Foreign corporation, a corporation that can do business outside its jurisdiction *Foreign key, a constraint in a relational database *Foreign language, a language not spoken by the people of a certain place *Foreign policy, how a… …   Wikipedia

  • foreign — [fôr′in, fär′in] adj. [ME forein < OFr forein, forain < LL foranus, foreign, orig., external < L foras, out of doors, orig. acc. pl. of OL fora, DOOR] 1. situated outside one s own country, province, locality, etc. [foreign lands] 2. of …   English World dictionary

  • foreign — UK US /ˈfɒrɪn/ adjective ► in or from a country that is not your own: a foreign brand/company/firm »The company represents some foreign brands as their agents or distributors. foreign capital/debt/investment »The country needs to attract foreign… …   Financial and business terms

  • foreign — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of, from, in, or characteristic of a country or language other than one s own. 2) dealing with or relating to other countries. 3) coming or introduced from outside. 4) (foreign to) strange and unfamiliar to. 5) (foreign to) not… …   English terms dictionary

  • foreign — (adj.) mid 13c., ferren, foreyne out of doors, from O.Fr. forain strange, foreign; outer, external, outdoor; remote, out of the way (12c.), from M.L. foranus on the outside, exterior, from L. foris outside, lit. out of doors, related to for1s… …   Etymology dictionary

  • foreign — [adj1] from another country, experience adopted, alien, alienated, antipodal, barbarian, barbaric, borrowed, derived, different, distant, estranged, exiled, exotic, expatriate, external, extralocal, extraneous, extrinsic, far, faraway, far… …   New thesaurus

  • foreign — alien, extraneous, *extrinsic Analogous words: external, outside, Cuter: Unconsonant, inconsistent, incongruous, incompatible: *repugnant, repellent, obnoxious, distasteful: adventitious, *accidental Antonyms: germane Contrasted words: *relevant …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • foreign — Belonging to another nation or country; belonging or attached to another jurisdiction; made, done, or rendered in another state or jurisdiction; subject to another jurisdiction; operating or solvable in another territory; extrinsic; outside;… …   Black's law dictionary

  • foreign — for|eign W1S3 [ˈfɔrın US ˈfo: , ˈfa: ] adj [Date: 1200 1300; : Old French; Origin: forein, from Latin foris outside ] 1.) from or relating to a country that is not your own ▪ foreign students ▪ Can you speak any foreign languages? ▪ the success… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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