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aboriginal

[ab-uh-rij-uh-nl] /ˌæb əˈrɪdʒ ə nl/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or typical of aborigines:
aboriginal customs.
2.
original or earliest known; native; indigenous:
the aboriginal people of Tahiti.
noun
3.
aborigine (def 1).
4.
(initial capital letter) aborigine (def 2).
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; aborigine + -al1
Related forms
aboriginality, noun
aboriginally, adverb
Synonyms
2. endemic, autochthonous, primordial.

aborigine

[ab-uh-rij-uh-nee] /ˌæb əˈrɪdʒ ə ni/
noun
1.
one of the original or earliest known inhabitants of a country or region.
2.
(initial capital letter). Also, Aboriginal. Also called Australian Aborigine. a member of the dark-skinned people who were the earliest inhabitants of Australia.
3.
aborigines, the original, native fauna or flora of a region.
Origin
1540-50; by back formation from aborigines < Latin Aborīginēs a race of pre-Roman inhabitants of Italy, probably alteration of an earlier ethnonym by association with ab origine
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British Dictionary definitions for aboriginals

aboriginal

/ˌæbəˈrɪdʒɪnəl/
adjective
1.
existing in a place from the earliest known period; indigenous; autochthonous
Derived Forms
aboriginally, adverb

Aboriginal

/ˌæbəˈrɪdʒɪnəl/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of the indigenous peoples of Australia
noun
2.
another word for an Australian Aborigine
Usage note
The Australian government suggests that the most exact and inclusive way of referring to the indigenous peoples of Australia is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Other terms which are acceptable are: Aboriginal people(s), Australian Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders

aborigine

/ˌæbəˈrɪdʒɪnɪ/
noun
1.
an original inhabitant of a country or region who has been there from the earliest known times
Word Origin
C16: back formation from aborigines, from Latin: inhabitants of Latium in pre-Roman times, probably representing some tribal name but associated in folk etymology with ab origine from the beginning

Aborigine

/ˌæbəˈrɪdʒɪnɪ/
noun
1.
Also called Aboriginal. a member of the indigenous people who were living in Australia when European settlers arrived
2.
any of the languages of this people See also Australian (sense 3)
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Word Origin and History for aboriginals

aborigine

n.

1858, mistaken singular of aborigines (1540s; the correct singular is aboriginal), from Latin Aborigines "the first ancestors of the Romans; the first inhabitants" (especially of Latium), possibly a tribal name, or from ab origine, literally "from the beginning." Extended 1789 to natives of other countries which Europeans have colonized. Australian slang shortening Abo attested from 1922.

aboriginal

adj.

1660s, "first, earliest," especially in reference to inhabitants of lands colonized by Europeans, from aborigines (see aborigine) + -al (1); specific Australian sense is from 1820. The noun is attested from 1767. Related: Aboriginally.

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