What does native mean?

Definitions for native
ˈneɪ tɪvna·tive

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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"

GCIDE

  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.

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

  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

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

  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.

Wiktionary

  1. nativenoun

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

    She is a regular Wiki* native.

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

  2. nativenoun

    A North American Indian or Aboriginal person.

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

  3. nativenoun

    Sometimes used pejoratively against indigenous peoples by their colonizers.

    Some natives must have stolen our cattle.

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

  4. nativeadjective

    Belonging to one by birth.

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

  5. nativeadjective

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

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

  6. nativeadjective

    Of or relating to North American Indians or Aboriginal people.

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

  7. nativeadjective

    Characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin.

    Many native artists studied abroad.

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

  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.

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

  9. nativeadjective

    Pertaining to the system or architecture in question.

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

  10. nativeadjective

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

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nativeadjective

    arising by birth; having an origin; born

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

  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

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

  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

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

  4. Nativeadjective

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

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

  5. Nativeadjective

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

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

  6. Nativeadjective

    naturally related; cognate; connected (with)

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

  7. Nativeadjective

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

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

  8. Nativeadjective

    found in nature; not artificial; as native sodium chloride

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

  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

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

  10. Nativenoun

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

    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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Numerology

  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. Barry Golden:

    We are starting to compile a list of those fugitives that we believe may have flown back to their native country.

  2. Heather Stockdale Walden:

    In Florida, we are finding it in both native and non-native snail species, and some of these snails have geographic ranges that extend well beyond Florida.

  3. Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Scott Perry:

    For many Americans, what seems to be happening or what they believe right now is happening is what appears to them is we're replacing national-born American — native-born Americans to permanently transform the landscape of this very nation.

  4. Anonymous, As told in Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estes:

    A Native American grandfather was talking to his grandson about how he felt. He said, "I feel as if I have two wolves fighting in my heart. One wolf is the vengeful, angry, violent one. The other wolf is the loving, compassionate one. The grandson asked him, Which wolf will win the fight in your heart? The grandfather answered, The one I feed.

  5. John Kennedy:

    This meeting was so different from the meeting on health care. It was like night and day. Much more positive. People trying to make this bill better. Nobody's standing up and storming out. Nobody talking about anybody's mama. Nobody's talking about anybody's Native American heritage, he made a commitment to work with us.

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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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