native speaker


Definition of native speaker

  1. :  a person who learned to speak the language of the place where he or she was born as a child rather than learning it as a foreign language a native speaker of Swahili That kind of mistake is rarely made by native speakers.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  inborn, innate

    :  belonging to a particular place by birth

    :  closely related

  1. :  one born or reared in a particular place

    :  an original or indigenous inhabitant

    :  something indigenous to a particular locality

  1. :  one that speaks

    :  one who uses a language

    :  one who makes a public speech

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