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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.

  2. Aboriginalnoun

    An Aboriginal inhabitant of Australia, Aborigine.

  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.

  4. Aboriginaladjective

    Of or pertaining to Aboriginal peoples.

  5. Aboriginaladjective

    Of or pertaining to Australian Aboriginal peoples, Aborigines.

  6. Aboriginalnoun

    Any of the native languages spoken by Australian aborigines.

  7. Etymology: See Aboriginal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Aboriginaladjective

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

  2. Aboriginaladjective

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

  3. Aboriginalnoun

    an original inhabitant of any land; one of the aborigines

  4. Aboriginalnoun

    an animal or a plant native to the region

  5. 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. Ken Wyatt:

    It is an acknowledgment that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures date back 65,000 years.

  2. Executive Jean-Sebastien Jacques on Friday:

    Rio Tinto has a long history of working in partnership and creating shared value with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around our operations and across Australia more broadly. We remain absolutely committed to continuing to do so.

  3. Josie Alec:

    Growing up as an Aboriginal girl in a White world was tough, but I had a really good foster mom and dad and a strong family.

  4. Zenobia Jacobs:

    So, the Denisovan ancestry in living Australian Aboriginal and New Guinean people could, therefore, be the result of direct interbreeding between their ancestors and Denisovans, but we do not know where this interaction took place.

  5. 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.

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    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
    • A. victimised
    • B. suspicious
    • C. opaque
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