aborigine

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

noun

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

1540–50; by back formation from aborigines < Latin Aborīginēs the pre-Roman inhabitants of Italy, probably alteration of an earlier ethnonym by association with ab origine
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British Dictionary definitions for aborigines (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 aborigines (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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Culture definitions for aborigines

aborigines

[ (ab-uh-rij-uh-neez) ]

The earliest known inhabitants of a region. The term is most often associated with the native hunting and gathering population of Australia, who preceded the arrival of white settlers. (See hunting and gathering societies.)

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