[ ab-uh-rij-uh-nl ]
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  1. Sometimes Aboriginal. relating to or typical of the original or earliest known inhabitants of a region, or their descendants: the aboriginal people of Tahiti;aboriginal customs.

  2. Aboriginal. relating to or being a member of any of the peoples who are the earliest known inhabitants of Australia, or one of their descendants: an Aboriginal tribe of Tasmania.

  1. originating in and characteristic of a particular region or country; native; indigenous: aboriginal mammals of the Arctic.

  1. Sometimes Aboriginal . Aborigine (def. 2).

  2. Aboriginal. Often Offensive. Aborigine (def. 1).

Origin of aboriginal

First recorded in 1660–70; Aborigine + -al1

usage note For aboriginal

See Aborigine.

Other words for aboriginal

Other words from aboriginal

  • ab·o·rig·i·nal·i·ty, noun
  • ab·o·rig·i·nal·ly, adverb

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How to use aboriginal in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for aboriginal (1 of 2)


/ (ˌæbəˈrɪdʒɪnəl) /

  1. existing in a place from the earliest known period; indigenous; autochthonous

Derived forms of aboriginal

  • aboriginally, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for Aboriginal (2 of 2)


/ (ˌæbəˈrɪdʒɪnəl) /

  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of the indigenous peoples of Australia

  1. another word for an Australian Aborigine

usage For Aboriginal

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

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