Definition of aborigine in English:


Line breaks: abo|ri¦gine
Pronunciation: /abəˈrɪdʒɪniː


1A person, animal, or plant that has been in a country or region from earliest times.
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  • Most Taiwanese and aborigines speak both a local language and the national language.
  • The local aborigines had refused to join the expedition declaring the mountains to be the domain of the gods and preferring prison and death to a journey beyond the ‘mists’.
  • Senator Aidan Ridgeway is the only aborigine in the national parliament.
1.1 (Aborigine) An aboriginal inhabitant of Australia.
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  • Their study of the Aranda Aborigines of Central Australia is still widely quoted.
  • That the first marriage in South Australia between an Aborigine, Kudnarto, and a European, Tom Adams, was solemnised on 27 January 1848.
  • In Australia, Aborigines have already had several sets of remains reburied.


mid 19th century: back-formation from the 16th-century plural aborigines 'original inhabitants' (in classical times referring to those of Italy and Greece), from the Latin phrase ab origine 'from the beginning'.


Both Aboriginal and Aborigine may be used as nouns referring to a member of an Australian Aboriginal people, but Aborigine is the commoner and is often preferred, especially in the plural.

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