aboriginal /abəˈrɪdʒɪn(ə)l/


I. adjective

1. inhabiting or existing in a land from the earliest times or from before the arrival of colonists; indigenous.
2. ( Aboriginal) relating to the Australian Aborigines or their languages.
II. noun

1. an aboriginal inhabitant of a place.
2. ( Aboriginal) a person belonging to one of the indigenous peoples of Australia.
3. ( Aboriginal) [ mass noun] any of the numerous Australian Aboriginal languages.
III. derivatives


– origin mid 17th cent.: from Latin aborigines ‘original inhabitants’ (see aborigine) + -al. / usage: See usage at aborigine.

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