- one of the original or earliest known inhabitants of a country or region.
- (initial capital letter) Also Aboriginal. Also called Australian Aborigine. a member of the people who were the earliest inhabitants of Australia.
- aborigines, the original, native fauna or flora of a region.
Origin of aborigine
Examples from the Web for aborigine
Just after the capture, an aborigine told his tribe that his death was at hand.
His dark, tawny skin, his blanket and features indicated that he was an aborigine.The Witch of Salem
John R. Musick
Now the little Bhil is an aborigine, which is humiliating to think of.From Sea to Sea
This put him in the position, he told himself, of an Australian aborigine.
However, he thought grimly, there was this Australian aborigine.
- an original inhabitant of a country or region who has been there from the earliest known times
- Also called: Aboriginal a member of the indigenous people who were living in Australia when European settlers arrived
- any of the languages of this peopleSee also Australian (def. 3)
Word Origin and History for aborigine
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.