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Meaning & Definition of Foreigner in English

English

Foreigner

/fɔrənər/

noun

1. A person who comes from a foreign country

  • Someone who does not owe allegiance to your country
    synonym:
  • foreigner
  • ,
  • alien
  • ,
  • noncitizen
  • ,
  • outlander

2. Someone who is excluded from or is not a member of a group

    synonym:
  • foreigner
  • ,
  • outsider

Examples of using

Are you a foreigner?
His wife seems to be a foreigner.
When an English speaker realises that a foreign person they are speaking to doesn't understand one of their sentences, they repeat it, the same way, but louder, as though the person were deaf. At no point does it come to their mind that their vocabulary might be complicated or that their expression might most probably be ambiguous to a foreigner and that they could reword it in a simpler way. The result is that not only the person still doesn't understand, but gets irritated at being considered deaf.