in·​di·​gene | \ ˈin-də-ˌjēn How to pronounce indigene (audio) \
variants: or less commonly indigen \ ˈin-​di-​jən How to pronounce indigene (audio) , -​də-​ˌjen \

Definition of indigene

: native

Keep scrolling for more

Synonyms & Antonyms for indigene



Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of indigene in a Sentence

the indigenes had not merely adapted to the harsh climate, but had in fact prospered in it
Recent Examples on the Web Many of the indigenes believe that their perpetual sadness is the root cause of disease and death among them. Scientific American, "How Disaster Aid Ravaged an Island People," 25 Mar. 2020 No doubt the Tainos, the indigenes at the time of European encounter, have plenty to smoke about, if there are any left alive. Peter Lewis, The Christian Science Monitor, "'Havana' probes the mysteries and magic of the Cuban capital," 5 July 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'indigene.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of indigene

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for indigene

Latin indigena

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about indigene

Time Traveler for indigene

Time Traveler

The first known use of indigene was in 1598

See more words from the same year

Statistics for indigene

Cite this Entry

“Indigene.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on indigene

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for indigene

Comments on indigene

What made you want to look up indigene? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

The Exceptions Quiz III

  • one green toy robot amidst many red toy robots
  • Which of these words does not mean "nonsense"?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!