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foreign
foreign (adj.) mid-13c., ferren, foreyne "out of doors," from O.Fr. forain "strange, foreign; outer, external, outdoor; remote, out-of-the-way" (12c.), from M.L. foranus "on the outside, exterior," from L. foris "outside," lit. "out of doors," related to for1s "door," from PIE *dhwor-ans-, from root *dhwer- "door, doorway" (see DOOR (Cf. 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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