aboriginal

adjective
ab·​orig·​i·​nal | \ ˌa-bə-ˈrij-nəl How to pronounce aboriginal (audio) , -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

autochthonous, born, domestic, endemic, indigenous, native

Synonyms: Noun

aborigine, autochthon, indigene (also indigen), native

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

The Smithsonian Institution in Washington has given back thousands of objects to Native American tribes, and museums around the world have returned the remains of aboriginal people to Australia and New Zealand. Max Bearak, Washington Post, "Kenya’s Pokomo people ask the British to return what was stolen: Their source of power," 9 Aug. 2019 Recent exhibits include Australian aboriginal memorial poles, Georgia O’Keeffe’s camping equipment and an affecting tribute to Chinese immigrant railroad workers in the Sierra Nevada. Erin E. Williams, Twin Cities, "Stunning vistas, modern museums, quirky shops make Reno a favorite for tourists," 22 June 2019 York Landing was a focus after the aboriginal Bear Clan Patrol spotted two suspicious men on foot near a York Landing landfill, officials said earlier. NBC News, "Canada police unable to substantiate sighting of teen murder suspects," 28 July 2019 Instead, the letter says the corporations — which were created under ANCSA — received $947 million from the U.S. government in exchange for relinquishing their aboriginal rights to the land. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska Native groups criticize Sen. Reinbold for ‘inflammatory’ Facebook post," 17 July 2019 According to the Australian Native Plants Society, aboriginal people often used the plant's sap to treat eye infections. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "This Plant’s Flowers Are Shaped Like the Cutest Hummingbirds," 10 July 2019 Recent exhibits include Australian aboriginal memorial poles, Georgia O'Keeffe's camping equipment and an affecting tribute to Chinese immigrant railroad workers in the Sierra Nevada. Erin E. Williams, Dallas News, "Stunning vistas, modern museums and great food make Reno a solid bet," 2 July 2019 Maple syrup is the country’s original sweetener, dating to aboriginal times. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, "The best souvenirs to bring home from 10 countries," 2 July 2019 Recent exhibits include Australian aboriginal memorial poles, Georgia O’Keeffe’s camping equipment and an affecting tribute to Chinese immigrant railroad workers in the Sierra Nevada. Erin E. Williams, Twin Cities, "Stunning vistas, modern museums, quirky shops make Reno a favorite for tourists," 22 June 2019

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 How to pronounce aboriginal (audio) \

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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