any language used in a country other than one's own; a language that is studied mostly for cultural insight
Spanish has been present longer than English, but since the majority of the population are native speakers of English, Spanish is often termed a foreign language.
also foreign-language , (adj.)
Howard looked at me as if I were speaking a foreign language.
Murillo was born in Colombia and emigrated to London as a child, where he adopted a foreign language and cultural customs.
If only he'd known someone with a tattoo in a foreign language to tell him that its worth the trouble to get a translator.
At the Beijing foreign language Bookstore, a sign prominently assures customers that they are buying “genuine” publications.
Columbia University, where I went to study in 1993, insisted its undergraduates learn a foreign language, so I discovered French.
During Ullmann's lifetime it ran through seven editions, and was translated into, at all events, one foreign language.
Let us take the case of the youth or man who commences the study of a foreign language.
He exchanged a few words outside with his visitors, in a foreign language of which Hiram understood nothing.
Then he heard the low, monotonous murmur of a song in a foreign language.
These had to learn and acquire it as we acquire a foreign language, but only as a spoken, unwritten language.