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.

  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.


  1. aboriginal

    Aboriginal refers to the original or earliest known inhabitants of a particular area or region, often those who have been present before the arrival of colonizers or invaders. It is commonly used to describe indigenous people with a deep connection to the traditions, culture, and history of their ancestral lands. This term is most notably used in the context of Aboriginal Australians.

  2. aboriginal

    Aboriginal refers to the indigenous or original inhabitants or the earliest known people of a specific region or country along with their cultural practices. It is often used to describe the native inhabitants of places such as Australia, Canada, and other areas colonized by Europeans. The term also extends to the descendants of these people.

  3. aboriginal

    Aboriginal refers to beings or things that are indigenous, native, or original to a specific region or area. This term is often used to describe the original inhabitants of a land or their descendants, particularly referring to the indigenous peoples of Australia and Canada. It can also describe animals, plants, or cultural practices that originate from a particular place.

  4. aboriginal

    Aboriginal refers to the indigenous, notably the first, inhabitants or the earliest known population of a particular region, country, or area. It's often used to describe people, their culture, language, or characteristics that have a historical continuity with societies predating colonization or outside influence. Examples include Australian Aboriginal people, Canadian Aboriginal Peoples (First Nations, Inuit, and Métis), or Aboriginal tribes of various other regions.

  5. aboriginal

    Aboriginal refers to the indigenous or native inhabitants of a particular region or country, existing in such region from the earliest known period or times. The term can also pertain to anything that is characteristically associated with these original inhabitants such as cultural practices, traditional values, languages, and more. Aboriginal is most typically associated with the indigenous people of Australia, although it can be used more broadly.

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. 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.

  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. 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. Ken Wyatt:

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

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