foreign - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    from another country, or in another country

    Working in a foreign country takes some getting used to.

    Do you speak any foreign languages?

    They’ve already had two foreign holidays this year.

    1. a.
      dealing with or relating to other countries

      foreign policy

      the part of the newspaper dealing with foreign affairs

  2. 2
    not typical of something or someone and therefore not expected or familiar

    In some versions of free-market economics, the notion of public service is quite foreign.

    foreign to:

    She was in a state of deep depression that was totally foreign to her nature.

  3. 3
    medical not forming a normal part of the body’s immune system

    the immune system’s response to foreign proteins