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aboriginal

[ ab-uh-rij-uh-nl ]
/ ˌæb əˈrɪdʒ ə nl /
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adjective

of, relating to, or typical of aborigines: aboriginal customs.
original or earliest known; native; indigenous: the aboriginal people of Tahiti.

noun

(initial capital letter) aborigine(def 2).

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primitive, ancient, primary, native, original, endemic, first, earliest, indigenous, primeval, primordial

Nearby words

abomination, abondance, aboon, aborad, aboral, aboriginal, aboriginalia, aboriginality, aborigine, aborigines, aborning

Origin of aboriginal

First recorded in 1660–70; aborigine + -al1
SYNONYMS FOR aboriginal
Related formsab·o·rig·i·nal·i·ty, nounab·o·rig·i·nal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for aboriginal (1 of 2)

aboriginal

/ (ˌæbəˈrɪdʒɪnəl) /

adjective

existing in a place from the earliest known period; indigenous; autochthonous
Derived Formsaboriginally, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for aboriginal (2 of 2)

Aboriginal

/ (ˌæbəˈrɪdʒɪnəl) /

adjective

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

noun

another word for an Australian Aborigine

usage

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for aboriginal

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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