What does Aboriginal mean?

Definitions for Aboriginal
ˌæb əˈrɪdʒ ə nlAbo·rig·i·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Aborigine, Abo, Aboriginal, native Australian, Australian Aboriginenoun

    a dark-skinned member of a race of people living in Australia when Europeans arrived

  2. native, indigen, indigene, aborigine, aboriginaladjective

    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"

  3. Aboriginaladjective

    of or pertaining to members of the indigenous people of Australia

    "an Aboriginal rite"

  4. native, aboriginaladjective

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

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

  5. aboriginal, primal, primeval, primaeval, primordialadjective

    having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state

    "aboriginal forests"; "primal eras before the appearance of life on earth"; "the forest primeval"; "primordial matter"; "primordial forms of life"


  1. aboriginaladjective

    First according to historical or scientific records; original; indigenous.

    Etymology: See Aboriginal.

  2. Aboriginalnoun

    An Aboriginal inhabitant of Australia, Aborigine.

    Etymology: See Aboriginal.

  3. Aboriginalnoun

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

    It may well be doubted whether this frog is an aboriginal of these islands. - Darwin.

    Etymology: See Aboriginal.

  4. Aboriginaladjective

    Of or pertaining to Aboriginal peoples.

    Etymology: See Aboriginal.

  5. Aboriginaladjective

    Of or pertaining to Australian Aboriginal peoples, Aborigines.

    Etymology: See Aboriginal.

  6. Aboriginalnoun

    Any of the native languages spoken by Australian aborigines.

    Etymology: See Aboriginal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aboriginaladjective

    first; original; indigenous; primitive; native; as, the aboriginal tribes of America

    Etymology: [See Aborigines.]

  2. Aboriginaladjective

    of or pertaining to aborigines; as, a Hindoo of aboriginal blood

    Etymology: [See Aborigines.]

  3. Aboriginalnoun

    an original inhabitant of any land; one of the aborigines

    Etymology: [See Aborigines.]

  4. Aboriginalnoun

    an animal or a plant native to the region

    Etymology: [See Aborigines.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Aboriginal

    ab-o-rij′in-al, adj. first, primitive, indigenous.—adv. Aborig′inally.

Editors Contribution

  1. aboriginal

    Relating to an indigenous person.

    The aboriginal people have a beautiful smile.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 15, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Aboriginal in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Aboriginal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Aboriginal in a Sentence

  1. Alec Brown:

    We've worked with our aboriginal stakeholders every step of the way.

  2. Roger Cook:

    That's one of the many reasons why I love her, i have great sympathy for the cause of ensuring Aboriginal people and minorities are protected from racism.

  3. Goolagong Cawley:

    Ash is a very worthy number one and winning at the French will have given her even more confidence, i am so proud that another Aboriginal player sits on top of the rankings in women's tennis, particularly a young lady who conveys such happiness in all she does.

  4. Goolagong Cawley:

    What a wonderful result for Australia and how exciting that another Aboriginal has won at the French, tennis Australia and all lovers of tennis here and around the world will be delighted by the natural skills and flair Ash possesses.

  5. David Leroy:

    The paintings support the case for how unfairly and grossly the original peoples were treated by the white settlers who invaded their aboriginal territories.

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