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foreigner

[fawr-uh-ner, for-] /ˈfɔr ə nər, ˈfɒr-/
noun
1.
a person not native to or naturalized in the country or jurisdiction under consideration; alien.
2.
a person from outside one's community.
3.
a thing produced in or brought from a foreign country.
4.
Nautical. a foreign vessel.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English foreiner. See foreign, -er1
Synonyms
1. outlander. See stranger.
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  • Although they could not read or write, they knew the forest with its flora and fauna better than any foreigner.
  • Being that you're a foreigner, you should obey any and all discernable local traffic laws.
  • If a foreigner clings to the original spelling of his name he must usually expect to hear it mispronounced.
  • As a foreigner, they made me pay the whole year in advance.
  • The government also worried that a foreigner might hike in a remote area and get injured, creating bad press.
  • The last great burst of creativity came in the early sixties, again at the instigation of a foreigner.
  • As a foreigner, and a kind of amateur scholar, he sees in art works what professional academics and natives do not.
  • While you hear the odd story of a foreigner getting ripped off, drivers are by and large conscientious.
  • They'll haggle a price so you aren't flagged a rich foreigner who accepts the wrong price.
  • It takes several attempts to find a restaurant that will even take an unguided foreigner.
British Dictionary definitions for foreigner

foreigner

/ˈfɒrɪnə/
noun
1.
a person from a foreign country; alien
2.
an outsider or interloper
3.
something from a foreign country, such as a ship or product
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Word Origin and History for foreigner
n.

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]

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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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