March 14, 2021
Learner's Word of the Day
foil /?foj?l/ noun
foil
/?foj?l/
noun

plural foils

Corn wrapped in foil
Corn wrapped in foil
Learner's definition of FOIL

1 [noncount] : a very thin and light sheet of metal

  • Cover the dish with aluminum foil.

  • kitchen foil [=foil used to wrap or cover food]

  • candy wrapped in foil

2 [count] : someone or something that is different from another person or thing in a useful or appealing way — usually + for or to

  • He acted as a foil for the comedian. [=he acted very serious to make the comedian seem funnier]

  • That dark blue dress is a good foil for her blonde hair.

  • His reserved manner was a perfect foil for/to her bubbly personality.

3 [count] : a sword that has a light, thin blade and that is used in the sport of fencing

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