native-born

adjective

na·​tive-born ˈnā-tiv-ˌbȯrn How to pronounce native-born (audio)
: belonging to or associated with a particular place (such as a country) because of being born in that place
a native-born American/Texan
compare natural-born

Examples of native-born in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some constitutional clauses, like the requirement that the President be native-born, are rules, but many, like the equal-protection clause (the only reference to equality in the entire document), are principles. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2024 On nearly every question, there was little gap between Latinos who are English-dominant and Latinos who prefer Spanish — a stand-in of sorts for the native-born and immigrants. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 9 Feb. 2024 That far outpaces the next closest states at retaining their native-born. Paul O'Donnell, Dallas News, 30 Aug. 2023 Italians of African descent, including immigrants and native-born, currently make up at least 1.1 million of Italy's 60 million residents, according to 2022 demographic statistics. Jenna Prestininzi, Detroit Free Press, 20 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1645, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of native-born was in 1645

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“Native-born.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/native-born. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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