a person or thing that is indigenous or native; native; autochthon.

Also in·di·gen [in-di-juh n] /ˈɪn dɪ dʒən/.

Origin of indigene

1590–1600; < Middle French < Latin indigena a native. See indigenous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for indigene

Historical Examples of indigene

  • The arguments for regarding this genus as an indigene of the 141 East are not strong.

  • Every indigene learns by hard experience to be courteous to a French soldier.

    Under Two Flags

    Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]

British Dictionary definitions for indigene


indigen (ˈɪndɪdʒən)


an indigenous person, animal, or thing; native
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Word Origin and History for indigene

1590s (adj.); 1660s (n.); from French indigène (16c.), from Latin indigena "sprung from the land," as a noun, "a native," literally "in-born" (see indigenous).

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