aboriginal

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

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).

Origin of aboriginal

First recorded in 1660–70; aborigine + -al1

SYNONYMS FOR aboriginal

Related forms

ab·o·rig·i·nal·i·ty, nounab·o·rig·i·nal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for aboriginality

  • This was in Kishinv, a hot-bed of noisy, passionate freethinking blended with Asiatic aboriginality.

    Why we should read|S. P. B. Mais
  • Hence, they may be taken in the order of their outward and visible signs of aboriginality.

    Man and His Migrations|R. G. (Robert Gordon) Latham

British Dictionary definitions for aboriginality (1 of 3)

Aboriginality

/ (ˌæbəˌrɪdʒɪˈnælɪtɪ) /

noun

the state of being Aboriginal, esp with regard to having a common Aboriginal culture

British Dictionary definitions for aboriginality (2 of 3)

aboriginal

/ (ˌæbəˈrɪdʒɪnəl) /

adjective

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

Derived Forms

aboriginally, adverb

British Dictionary definitions for aboriginality (3 of 3)

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
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