Definitions for nativeˈneɪ tɪv

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

na•tive*ˈneɪ tɪv(adj.)

  1. being the place or environment in which a person was born or a thing came into being:

    one's native land.

  2. belonging to a person by birth or to a thing by nature; inherent:

    native ability.

  3. belonging to or originating in a certain place; indigenous:

    native dress.

    Category: Physical Anthropology

  4. born in a particular place:

    a native Chicagoan.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  5. of or pertaining to something first acquired by a person:

    one's native language.

    Category: Peoples, Language/Linguistics

  6. remaining or growing in a natural state:

    the desert's native beauty.

  7. originating naturally in a particular country or region, as animals or plants.

  8. (of metals) occurring in nature pure or uncombined.

  9. Computers. designed for use with a specific type of computer: internal to a specific application program:

    writing native applications for 32-bit PCs.

    to view the file in its native format.

    Category: Computers

  10. Archaic. closely related, as by birth.

  11. (n.)Sometimes of the people indigenous to a place, esp. as distinguished from foreigners, colonizers, etc.:

    the natives of Chile.


  12. a person born in a particular place or country:

    a native of Ohio.

  13. an animal, plant, etc., that is indigenous to a particular region.

    Category: Biology

Idioms for native:

  1. go native, to imitate the behavior of a surrounding culture, esp. behavior that seems simple or natural.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: Definition 19 is sometimes taken to be offensive because of colonialist and racial overtones. However, definition 20 is a neutral usage.

Origin of native:

1325–75; < MF < L nātīvus inborn, natural, from nāt(us) (ptp. of nāscī to be born)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. native, indigen, indigene, aborigine, aboriginal(noun)

    an indigenous person who was born in a particular place

    "the art of the natives of the northwest coast"; "the Canadian government scrapped plans to tax the grants to aboriginal college students"

  2. native(noun)

    a person born in a particular place or country

    "he is a native of Brazil"

  3. native(adj)

    indigenous plants and animals

  4. native(adj)

    characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin

    "the native North American sugar maple"; "many native artists studied abroad"

  5. native(adj)

    belonging to one by birth

    "my native land"; "one's native language"

  6. native, aboriginal(adj)

    characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from the beginning

    "native Americans"; "the aboriginal peoples of Australia"

  7. native(adj)

    as found in nature in the elemental form

    "native copper"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. native(adjective)ˈneɪ tɪv

    having been born in a place

    a native Texan

  2. nativeˈneɪ tɪv

    (of plants, animals, or people) having always lived in a place

    the native population; plants native to the region

  3. native(noun)ˈneɪ tɪv

    sb who was born in a place

    a native of Mississippi


  1. native(Noun)

    A person who is native to a place (literal or metaphoric).

    She is a regular Wiki* native.

  2. native(Noun)

    A North American Indian or Aboriginal person.

  3. native(Noun)

    Sometimes used pejoratively against indigenous peoples by their colonizers.

    Some natives must have stolen our cattle.

  4. native(Adjective)

    Belonging to one by birth.

  5. native(Adjective)

    Characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from prehistoric times.

  6. native(Adjective)

    Of or relating to North American Indians or Aboriginal people.

  7. native(Adjective)

    Characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin.

    Many native artists studied abroad.

  8. native(Adjective)

    Which occurs of its own accord in a given locality, to be contrasted with a species introduced by man.

    The naturalized Norway maple often outcompetes the native North American sugar maple.

  9. native(Adjective)

    Pertaining to the system or architecture in question.

  10. native(Adjective)

    Occurring naturally in its pure or uncombined form; native aluminium, native salt.

  11. Origin: From natif, from nativus, from natus, ‘birth’.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Native(adj)

    arising by birth; having an origin; born

  2. Native(adj)

    of or pertaining to one's birth; natal; belonging to the place or the circumstances in which one is born; -- opposed to foreign; as, native land, language, color, etc

  3. Native(adj)

    born in the region in which one lives; as, a native inhabitant, race; grown or originating in the region where used or sold; not foreign or imported; as, native oysters, or strawberries

  4. Native(adj)

    original; constituting the original substance of anything; as, native dust

  5. Native(adj)

    conferred by birth; derived from origin; born with one; inherent; inborn; not acquired; as, native genius, cheerfulness, simplicity, rights, etc

  6. Native(adj)

    naturally related; cognate; connected (with)

  7. Native(adj)

    found in nature uncombined with other elements; as, native silver

  8. Native(adj)

    found in nature; not artificial; as native sodium chloride

  9. Native(noun)

    one who, or that which, is born in a place or country referred to; a denizen by birth; an animal, a fruit, or vegetable, produced in a certain region; as, a native of France

  10. Native(noun)

    any of the live stock found in a region, as distinguished from such as belong to pure and distinct imported breeds

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'native' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3816

  2. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'native' in Adjectives Frequency: #521

Translations for native

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


where one was born

my native land.

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