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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.
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. 2014.
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Examples from the web for foreigners
  • Today, as the province faces declining birthrates, its future growth will depend increasingly on foreigners.
  • We drove without stopping, slumped low in our seats, wary of being recognized as foreigners.
  • Among foreigners, he is chiefly known by his prose fiction.
  • They had told each other that they would try to work with the foreigners.
  • The customs and immigration officers are busy inspecting the visas of foreigners.
  • Today only a thousand foreigners a year are allowed into the region.
  • On the final afternoon, the foreigners traveled in a five-car motorcade, visiting potential event sites across the city.
  • There were a lot of foreigners who came to set records.
  • It was concerned that the foreigners would face difficulty in having suddenly to find new employment.
  • foreigners and their peculiar ways were infuriating, to be sure, but also highly amusing.
British Dictionary definitions for foreigners


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 foreigners



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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foreigners 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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