What does Native mean?

Definitions for Native
ˈneɪ tɪvna·tive

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Native.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. native, indigen, indigene, aborigine, aboriginalnoun

    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. nativenoun

    a person born in a particular place or country

    "he is a native of Brazil"

  3. nativeadjective

    indigenous plants and animals

  4. nativeadjective

    characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin

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

  5. nativeadjective

    belonging to one by birth

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

  6. native, aboriginaladjective

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

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

  7. nativeadjective

    as found in nature in the elemental form

    "native copper"


  1. Nativeadjective

    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. In the latter sense, synonymous with domestic.

  2. Nativeadjective

    Conferred by birth; derived from origin; born with one; inherent; inborn; not acquired; as, native genius, cheerfulness, wit, simplicity, rights, intelligence, etc. Having the same meaning as congenital, but typically used for positive qualities, whereas congenital may be used for negative qualities. See also congenital

  3. Nativenoun

    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; the natives are restless.


  1. nativenoun

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

    She is a regular Wiki* native.

  2. nativenoun

    A North American Indian or Aboriginal person.

  3. nativenoun

    Sometimes used pejoratively against indigenous peoples by their colonizers.

    Some natives must have stolen our cattle.

  4. nativeadjective

    Belonging to one by birth.

  5. nativeadjective

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

  6. nativeadjective

    Of or relating to North American Indians or Aboriginal people.

  7. nativeadjective

    Characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin.

    Many native artists studied abroad.

  8. nativeadjective

    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. nativeadjective

    Pertaining to the system or architecture in question.

  10. nativeadjective

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

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. NATIVEadjective

    Produced by nature; natural, not artificial.

    Etymology: nativus, Latin; natif-ve, Fr.

    She more sweet than any bird on bough,
    Would oftentimes amongst them bear a part,
    And strive to pass, as she could well enough,
    Their native musick by her skilful art. Fairy Q. b. ii.

    This doctrine doth not enter by the ear,
    But of itself is native in the breast. Davies.

    The members retired to their homes, reassume the native sedateness of their temper. Jonathan Swift.

    But ours is a privilege ancient and native,
    Hangs not on an ordinance, or power legislative;
    And first, ’tis to speak whatever we please. John Denham.

    If these men have defeated the law, and outrun native punishment; though they can outstrip men they have no wings to fly from God. William Shakespeare, Henry V.

    Many of our bodies shall, no doubt,
    Find native graves. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.

    Have I now seen death? is this the way
    I must return to native dust? O sight
    Of terror, foul, and ugly to behold. John Milton, Par. Lost.

  2. Nativenoun

    Th’ accusation,
    All cause unborn, could never be the native
    Of our so frank donation. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Make no extirpation of the natives, under pretence of planting religion, God surely will no way be pleased with such sacrifices. Francis Bacon, Advice to Villiers.

    Marcus Tullius Cicero, the humble mushroom scarcely known,
    The lowly native of a country town. John Dryden, Juv.

    There stood a monument to Tacitus the historian, to the emperors Tacitus and Florianus, all natives of the place. Joseph Addison, on Italy.


  1. native

    Native refers to someone or something that originates from a particular place or area. It is associated with one's birthplace or the place where they have originated, grown, or been developed. Native can also pertain to anything indigenous or naturally occurring in a specified environment. It may refer to people, plants, animals, languages, and other aspects of ecology and culture.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nativeadjective

    arising by birth; having an origin; born

  2. Nativeadjective

    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. Nativeadjective

    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. Nativeadjective

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

  5. Nativeadjective

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

  6. Nativeadjective

    naturally related; cognate; connected (with)

  7. Nativeadjective

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

  8. Nativeadjective

    found in nature; not artificial; as native sodium chloride

  9. Nativenoun

    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. Nativenoun

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

  11. Etymology: [F. natif, L. nativus, fr. nasci, p. p. natus. See Nation, and cf. Nave, Neif a serf.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Native

    nā′tiv, adj. arising or appearing by birth: produced by nature: pertaining to the time or place of birth: belonging by birth, hereditary, natural, original: occurring uncombined with other substances, as metals.—n. one born in any place: an original inhabitant: (pl.) oysters raised in artificial beds.—adv. Nā′tively.—ns. Nā′tiveness; Nā′tivism, the belief that the mind possesses some ideas or forms of thought that are inborn, and not derived from sensation: the disposition to favour the natives of a country in preference to immigrants; Nā′tivist.—adj. Nativis′tic.—n. Nativ′ity, state or fact of being born: time, place, and manner of birth: the birth of Christ, hence the festival of His birth, Christmas—also a picture representing His birth: state or place of being produced: a horoscope.—Native rock, stone not yet quarried. [Fr.,—L. nativusnasci, natus, to be born.]

Editors Contribution

  1. native

    A person born in a specific place, nation or country.

    The indigenous people in France were correct to ask for specific rights due to their heritage.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 1, 2020  

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  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Native in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Native in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Native in a Sentence

  1. Thomas Fuller:

    Know most of the rooms of thy native country before thou goest over the threshold thereof.

  2. Euripides:

    What greater grief than the loss of one's native land.

  3. Melanie Benjamin:

    Native American did bring up that whole issue about that( Pocahontas) label, and my advice to Native American -- and I used an example -- is that in Indian country, Native American tribes are very community-oriented, native American tribes are those types of people where Native American tribes will embrace you as part of Native American tribes community and then Native American tribes will recognize you as Native American tribes community from there on.

  4. Crystal Echo Hawk:

    Martin Luther King Jr.Why taught us that racial injustice in United States started with the arrival of colonizers on Native land. The violence these settlers used first against Indigenous peoples, then against Black slaves, was predicated on White supremacist beliefs. White supremacy is upheld by false origin myths about the United States, ignored by whitewashing brutal anti-Native and anti-Black policies, and sustained by stereotyped, inaccurate portrayals of Native people and people of color in popular culture, to create a just world, all people of every race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender expression, and age, must stand together and tell truthful stories about our past and hopeful stories about our future.

  5. Native Americans:

    These vacancies hit native communities hard, and Native Americans represent one more broken promise to native people.

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Translations for Native

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  • اصليArabic
  • rodný, rodák, domorodecCzech
  • hjemmehørendeDanish
  • Eingeborene, einheimisch, gebürtig, Eingeborener, Ureinwohner, UreinwohnerinGerman
  • αυτόχθων, γηγενής, ντόπιος, μητρικός, ιθαγενής, γενέθλιοςGreek
  • indiĝeno, indiĝena, denaskaEsperanto
  • indígena, natal, nativoSpanish
  • paikallinen, alueellinen, [[paikallinen]] [[asukas]], alkuasukas, autoktoninen, alkuperäinen, kotoperäinen, syntyperäinenFinnish
  • indigène, autochtone, natif, maternel, originaire deFrench
  • gnèitheachScottish Gaelic
  • देHindi
  • születésű, hazai, belföldi, anyanyelviHungarian
  • մայրենի, հայրենիArmenian
  • asliIndonesian
  • nativoItalian
  • 自国, 土着Japanese
  • 토산의Korean
  • indigenusLatin
  • tangata whenuaMāori
  • ingeboren, inheems, inwoner, oorspronkelijk, inboorling, moeder-, autochtoon, geboren en getogen, geboorte-, aangeborenDutch
  • innfødtNorwegian
  • tubylec, ojczysty, autochton, rdzenny, rodzimyPolish
  • selvagem, nativo, indígenaPortuguese
  • localnic, nativ, originară, de la naștere, originar, autohton, indigen, matern, localnicăRomanian
  • туземный, выходец, родной, местный, туземец, туземка, коренной, аборигенка, коренная жительница, уроженка, коренной житель, абориген, уроженецRussian
  • starosedeoc, samorodan, рођениSerbo-Croatian
  • amëtar, autokton, vendësAlbanian
  • inhemskSwedish
  • జన్మస్థలంTelugu
  • ріднийUkrainian
  • געבוירןYiddish
  • 本地人Chinese

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