- 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
Examples from the Web for aborigines
Then there were many and long battles and the aborigines were beaten many times.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
The aborigines all want to know what is going to be done for them.Ireland as It Is
Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
This just to show the extreme independence of the aborigines.
What were the picture-writings of the aborigines but early examples of art?
The condition of our own Western tribes of aborigines is, in comparison, one of luxury.
- an original inhabitant of a country or region who has been there from the earliest known times
- 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)
Word Origin and History for aborigines
1858, mistaken singular of aborigines (1540s; the correct singular is aboriginal), from Latin Aborigines "the first ancestors of the Romans; the first inhabitants" (especially of Latium), possibly a tribal name, or from ab origine, literally "from the beginning." Extended 1789 to natives of other countries which Europeans have colonized. Australian slang shortening Abo attested from 1922.