Definition of Aboriginal

1. Noun. A dark-skinned member of a race of people living in Australia when Europeans arrived.

2. Adjective. Of or pertaining to members of the indigenous people of Australia. "An Aboriginal rite"
Partainyms: Aborigine
Derivative terms: Aborigine

3. Noun. An indigenous person who was born in a particular place. "The Canadian government scrapped plans to tax the grants to aboriginal college students"
Exact synonyms: Aborigine, Indigen, Indigene, Native
Generic synonyms: Individual, Mortal, Person, Somebody, Someone, Soul
Specialized synonyms: Levantine, Mauritian, Filipino, Russian, Seychellois
Derivative terms: Native

4. Adjective. Characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from the beginning. "The aboriginal peoples of Australia"
Exact synonyms: Native
Derivative terms: Aborigine, Nativeness
Antonyms: Nonnative

5. Adjective. Having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state. "Primordial forms of life"
Exact synonyms: Primaeval, Primal, Primeval, Primordial
Similar to: Early

Definition of Aboriginal

1. a. First; original; indigenous; primitive; native; as, the aboriginal tribes of America.

2. n. An original inhabitant of any land; one of the aborigines.

Definition of Aboriginal

1. Adjective. Of or pertaining to Aboriginal peoples. ¹

2. Adjective. Of or pertaining to Australian Aboriginal peoples, Aborigines. (defdate from earlier 19th c.) ¹

3. Adjective. (alternative capitalization of aboriginal) ¹

4. Noun. An Aboriginal inhabitant of Australia, Aborigine. ¹

5. Noun. An Aboriginal inhabitant, person, animal, or plant native to the region. Also aboriginal. ¹

6. Proper noun. Any of the native languages spoken by Australian aborigines. ¹

7. Adjective. First according to historical or scientific records; original; indigenous. ¹

8. Adjective. (alternative capitalization of Aboriginal) ¹

9. Noun. (alternative capitalization of Aboriginal) ¹

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Definition of Aboriginal

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Medical Definition of Aboriginal

1. 1. An original inhabitant of any land; one of the aborigines. 2. An animal or a plant native to the region. "It may well be doubted whether this frog is an aboriginal of these islands." (Darwin) 1. First; original; indigenous; primitive; native; as, the aboriginal tribes of America. "Mantled o'er with aboriginal turf." 2. Of or pertaining to aborigines; as, a Hindoo of aboriginal blood. See: Aborigines. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Aboriginal

aboriginal (current term)

Literary usage of Aboriginal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Narrative and Critical History of America by Justin Winsor (1889)
"Massachusetts, aboriginal, i; early history, iii; iu the French Wars, .... New York City, aboriginal history, i; Manhattan, iv; under the English, iii; ..."

2. The Cambridge History of American Literature by William Peterfield Trent (1921)
"CHAPTER XXXII Non-English Writings II aboriginal PROBABLY never before has a people risen to need a history of its national literature with so little ..."

3. Proceedings by Royal Geographical Society (Great Britain), Norton Shaw, Francis Galton, William Spottiswoode, Clements Robert Markham, Henry Walter Bates, John Scott Keltie (1887)
"THE aboriginal INDIAN RACES The aboriginal Indian Races of the State of Vera Cruz, ... THE origin of the aboriginal tribes of Vera Cruz is involved in doubt ..."

4. The History of England from the Accession of James II by Thomas Babington Macaulay Macaulay, Henry Hart Milman (1865)
"aboriginal The great preponderance of numbers on one side was peasantry. more ... The aboriginal peasantry, on the contrary, were in an almost savage state. ..."

5. Proceedings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1879)
"We regret to say that in the actual state of American aboriginal history and of our ... Nevertheless, by selecting the " Sources for aboriginal history of ..."

6. The Imperial Gazetteer of India by Sir William Wilson Hunter (1886)
"per cent.; Christians, 26 ; Brahmos, 3; Jews, 7; and Santals professing their aboriginal religion, 1734. Besides the aborigines still professing their ..."

7. The Pottery and Porcelain of the United States: An Historical Review of by Edwin Atlee Barber (1893)
"aboriginal POTTERY. IT is not deemed advisable to enter at this time into any extended consideration of aboriginal and prehistoric fictile productions of ..."

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