aboriginal

adjective
ab·orig·i·nal | \ˌa-bə-ˈrij-nəl, -ˈri-jə-nᵊl\

Definition of aboriginal 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : being the first or earliest known of its kind present in a region aboriginal forests aboriginal rocks

2 : of or relating to the people who have been in a region from the earliest time : of or relating to aborigines aboriginal languages aboriginal tribes/customs/art specifically, often capitalized : of or relating to the indigenous peoples of Australia

aboriginal

noun

Definition of aboriginal (Entry 2 of 2)

2 often capitalized : aborigine sense 2

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Other Words from aboriginal

Adjective

aboriginally adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for aboriginal

Synonyms: Adjective

born, domestic, endemic, indigenous, native

Synonyms: Noun

aborigine

Antonyms: Adjective

nonindigenous, nonnative

Antonyms: Noun

nonnative

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Adjective

native, indigenous, endemic, aboriginal mean belonging to a locality. native implies birth or origin in a place or region and may suggest compatibility with it. native tribal customs indigenous applies to that which is not only native but which, as far as can be determined, has never been introduced or brought from elsewhere. indigenous plants endemic implies being peculiar to a region. a disease endemic in Africa aboriginal implies having no known others preceding in occupancy of a particular region. the aboriginal peoples of Australia

Examples of aboriginal in a Sentence

Adjective

the aboriginal peoples of Australia the aboriginal peoples of northern Alaska are known as Inupiats, which in their language literally means “real people”

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Many aboriginal leaders have come to view state treaties as more achievable than a federal one. The Economist, "Australia’s states offer to make treaties with aboriginals," 5 July 2018 Research on aboriginal children in Australia who were removed from their families also showed long-lasting effects. William Wan, BostonGlobe.com, "What separation from parents does to children: ‘The effect is catastrophic’," 19 June 2018 At the center of The Can of Anido is Maran (Xie Jia-hui), an old aboriginal farmer who spends his days silently cultivating his ailing crops and feeding himself with pintsized yam in his barren, rickety hut. Clarence Tsui, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Ten Years Taiwan': Film Review," 13 July 2018 Research on aboriginal children in Australia who were removed from their families also showed long-lasting effects. William Wan, BostonGlobe.com, "What separation from parents does to children: ‘The effect is catastrophic’," 19 June 2018 The Tsilhqot'in people – one of Canada's aboriginal First Nations, pronounced Chilcotin – evaded capture by the vengeful British colonists for months, until one day the gift arrived with an offer of talks. Author: Meagan Flynn, Anchorage Daily News, "Canada apologizes for brutal hanging of B.C. tribal chiefs 150 years ago," 27 Mar. 2018 Research on aboriginal children in Australia who were removed from their families also showed long-lasting effects. William Wan, BostonGlobe.com, "What separation from parents does to children: ‘The effect is catastrophic’," 19 June 2018 Last month, British Columbia launched a legal challenge to the expansion project in a provincial high court, and aboriginal groups have a lawsuit before the courts to overturn federal approval for Trans Mountain. Vipal Monga, WSJ, "Canada to Buy Kinder Morgan Pipeline for $3.5 Billion," 29 May 2018 Research on aboriginal children in Australia who were removed from their families also showed long-lasting effects. William Wan, BostonGlobe.com, "What separation from parents does to children: ‘The effect is catastrophic’," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Those clauses were removed in the 1960s, leaving no mention of aboriginals at all. The Economist, "Australia’s states offer to make treaties with aboriginals," 5 July 2018 These people are too far away to show a direct link between them and the Clovis in such a way that indicates the Clovis being the aboriginals of South America. Adam Rutherford, The Atlantic, "A New History of the First Peoples in the Americas," 3 Oct. 2017 The students paddled and portaged through the park, following the routes once traveled by aboriginals and French-Canadian voyageurs. Daily Southtown, "Community news," 30 Aug. 2017 Our criminals built nice roads in Australia but aboriginals keep using them as a bed. Alan Feuer And Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, "Fringe Groups Revel as Protests Turn Violent," 2 June 2017 Pay up, and the British Navy will keep the Frenchmen, pirates, and aboriginals away. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "We Could Have Been Canada," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of aboriginal

Adjective

1650, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for aboriginal

Adjective

aborigine + -al entry 1

Noun

noun derivative of aboriginal entry 1

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aboriginal

adjective
ab·orig·i·nal | \ˌa-bə-ˈri-jə-nᵊl \

Kids Definition of aboriginal

1 : being the first of its kind in a region aboriginal plants

2 : of or relating to the original people living in a region

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