Basic+ Word of the Day: foreign

foreign (adjective) LISTEN

Travel to foreign countries can be exciting.

Foreign means ‘coming from another country.’

  • The foreign exchange students were not familiar with local customs.
  • Mark likes to drive foreign cars.

Foreign also means ‘relating to contact with other countries.’

  • Foreign trade deficit was the topic of the economics conference.
  • Learning a foreign language is good for your brain.
  • Maria has a foreign accent.

Foreign can also mean ‘not belonging to the place where something is found.’

  • There is a foreign object in my eye.

Common uses

foreign affairs: governmental policy for dealing with other countries. Example: “That country has a protectionist foreign affairs policy.”

Related words

foreigner: a person from a foreign country. Example: “When I lived in Paris, I understood how foreigners must feel in my country.”

In pop culture

Here is a montage of films that were competing for the Best Foreign Language Film award in the 2018 US Academy Awards. A Fantastic Woman won.

There are other meanings of foreign.
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