foreignness

foreign

[fawr-in, for-]
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or derived from another country or nation; not native: foreign cars.
2.
of or pertaining to contact or dealings with other countries; connected with foreign affairs.
3.
external to one's own country or nation: a foreign country.
4.
carried on abroad, or with other countries: foreign trade.
5.
belonging to or coming from another district, province, etc.
6.
located outside a specific district, province, etc.
7.
Law.
a.
of or pertaining to law outside of local jurisdiction.
b.
of or pertaining to another jurisdiction, as of another nation or state.
8.
belonging to or proceeding from other persons or things: a statement supported by foreign testimony.
9.
not belonging to the place or body where found: foreign matter in a chemical mixture.
10.
not related to or connected with the thing under consideration: foreign to our discussion.
11.
alien in character; irrelevant or inappropriate; remote.
12.
strange or unfamiliar.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English forein < Old French forain, forein < Vulgar Latin *forānus, derivative of Latin forās outside

foreignly, adverb
foreignness, noun
nonforeign, adjective
nonforeignness, noun
proforeign, adjective
quasi-foreign, adjective
unforeign, adjective


1, 3. alien. 4. international. 11. extraneous, outside.
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foreign (ˈfɒrɪn)
 
adj
1.  of, involving, located in, or coming from another country, area, people, etc: a foreign resident
2.  dealing or concerned with another country, area, people, etc: a foreign office
3.  not pertinent or related: a matter foreign to the discussion
4.  not familiar; strange
5.  in an abnormal place or position: foreign matter; foreign bodies
6.  law outside the jurisdiction of a particular state; alien
 
[C13: from Old French forain, from Vulgar Latin forānus (unattested) situated on the outside, from Latin foris outside]
 
'foreignly
 
adv
 
'foreignness
 
n

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foreign
c.1300, ferren, foreyne "out of doors," from O.Fr. forain, from L.L. foranus "on the outside, exterior," from L. foris "outside," lit. "out of doors," related to fores "door;" spelling altered 17c. perhaps by influence of reign, sovereign. Replaced native fremd. Sense of "not in one's own land" is first
attested late 14c.
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