aborigine

[ ab-uh-rij-uh-nee ]
/ ˌæb əˈrɪdʒ ə ni /

noun

one of the original or earliest known inhabitants of a country or region.
Aborigine, a member of the people who were the earliest inhabitants of Australia.Also Aboriginal .Also called Australian Aborigine .
aborigines, the original, native fauna or flora of a region.

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Origin of aborigine

First recorded in 1540–50; by back formation from aborigines, from Latin Aborīginēs “the pre-Roman inhabitants of Italy,” probably alteration of an earlier ethnonym by association with ab origine

Definition for aborigine (2 of 2)

ab origine
[ ahb oh-rig-i-ne; English ab aw-rij-uh-nee, -oh-rij- ]
/ ɑb oʊˈrɪg ɪˌnɛ; English æb ɔˈrɪdʒ əˌni, -oʊˈrɪdʒ- /

adverb

Latin. from the very beginning; from the source or origin.
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British Dictionary definitions for aborigine (1 of 2)

aborigine
/ (ˌæbəˈrɪdʒɪnɪ) /

noun

an original inhabitant of a country or region who has been there from the earliest known times

Word Origin for aborigine

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

British Dictionary definitions for aborigine (2 of 2)

Aborigine
/ (ˌæbəˈrɪdʒɪnɪ) /

noun

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)
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