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[fawr-uh-ner, for-] /ˈfɔr ə nər, ˈfɒr-/
a person not native to or naturalized in the country or jurisdiction under consideration; alien.
a person from outside one's community.
a thing produced in or brought from a foreign country.
Nautical. a foreign vessel.
Origin of foreigner
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English foreiner. See foreign, -er1
1. outlander. See stranger. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • She must be a foreigner—Italian, for choice, in spite of her English eyes.

    Margarita's Soul Ingraham Lovell
  • What he specially disliked was that his master was a foreigner.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Gradually the American girl was replaced by the foreigner, and this period of work was at an end.

    The Complete Club Book for Women Caroline French Benton
  • How can I be a foreigner in my own country, here where I was born?

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Let me tell you, young man, only one American—only one foreigner, in fact—has accomplished that miracle.

    Truxton King George Barr McCutcheon
British Dictionary definitions for foreigner


a person from a foreign country; alien
an outsider or interloper
something from a foreign country, such as a ship or product
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for foreigner

early 15c., foreyner; see foreign + -er (1).

In ordinary use chiefly applied to those who speak a foreign language as their native tongue; thus in England the term is not commonly understood to include Americans. [OED]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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foreigner in the Bible

a Gentile. Such as resided among the Hebrews were required by the law to be treated with kindness (Ex. 22:21; 23:9; Lev. 19:33, 34; 23:22; Deut. 14:28; 16:10, 11; 24:19). They enjoyed in many things equal rights with the native-born residents (Ex. 12:49; Lev. 24:22; Num. 15:15; 35:15), but were not allowed to do anything which was an abomination according to the Jewish law (Ex. 20:10; Lev. 17:15,16; 18:26; 20:2; 24:16, etc.).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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