Meaning of “foreigner” in the English Dictionary

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"foreigner" in British English

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foreignernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfɒr.ə.nər/ us /ˈfɔːr.ə.nɚ/

B1 a person who comes from another country

Examples

  • It will soon be impossible for foreigners to enter the country.
  • I can't speak a word of French so everyone can tell I'm a foreigner as soon as I arrive in France.

Examples from literature

  • The law said that foreigners could buy land in Hawaii. 
  • As you know by experience how difficult it is for foreigners to be married in Paris, I need not tell you of the trouble we are having to get all of my certificates from California. 
  • Besides the clergy, many other foreigners also settled in Poland, as mechanics and traders, especially Germans. 
  • It was like discovering that nine-tenths of the people of England were foreigners. 
  • Peter began to have a very low opinion of foreigners. 
  • The other was also plainly a foreigner. 

(Definition of “foreigner” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"foreigner" in American English

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foreignernoun [ C ]

us /ˈfɔr·ə·nər, ˈfɑr-/

a person who comes from another country

(Definition of “foreigner” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)