Definition of aboriginal in English:

aboriginal

Line breaks: abo|ri¦gi¦nal
Pronunciation: /abəˈrɪdʒɪn(ə)l
 
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adjective

  • 1Inhabiting or existing in a land from the earliest times or from before the arrival of colonists; indigenous.
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    • Around the world, 70 percent of uranium deposits are located on aboriginal land.
    • As a territory born out of the desire for an aboriginal land claims agreement, we are governed as a public government.
    • The site will be arranged to evoke the lands where the eleven aboriginal nations in Quebec live.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 (Aboriginal) Relating to the Australian Aborigines or their languages.
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    • Then, I realised the guests were not Indians, but rather Aboriginal Australians.
    • Alice Moyle was present at the births of the new discipline of ethnomusicology and the new field of Australian Aboriginal music.
    • A quiet, deep pathos surrounds the story of each Aboriginal language in its individual encounter with the modern world.

noun

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  • 1An aboriginal inhabitant of a place.
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    • Using the aboriginals ' own oral histories, the developer proved that the site had been designated sacred only within the past 10 years.
    • Use aboriginals (not natives) when an all-encompassing collective term is needed.
    • Women, youth, aboriginals [and] ethnic communities are all in there, but anglophones aren't mentioned anywhere.
    Synonyms
    native, indigene, aborigine, local, original inhabitant
    rare autochthon
  • 1.1 (Aboriginal) A person belonging to one of the indigenous peoples of Australia.
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    • When Australia's Aboriginals soaked Morton Bay chestnuts to make them edible, they were washing out a poison, castanospermine, that is today used to attack viruses, including HIV.
    • Early in the book, this exchange takes place between the author and his guide to the ways of Australia's Aboriginals, the remarkable Arkady Volchok.
    • Well, he started off as a young camel boy with Bill Wade, going into the centre of Australia counting Aboriginals to see how many lived out there.
  • 2 (Aboriginal) [mass noun] Any of the numerous Australian Aboriginal languages.
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    • Bondi is Aboriginal for ‘noise of tumbling waters’ and on a day when the surf is rolling in you can see why.

Derivatives

Aboriginality

noun
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  • It might be surmised that another reason the census showed more people claiming Aboriginality was their increased confidence to live a life without the general societal and governmental persecution of the past.
  • But there's a serious side to her; she laments the fact that she doesn't know as much about Aboriginality as she wants to.
  • The films mark a departure from the more typical portrayal of Aboriginality on film.

Origin

mid 17th century: from Latin aborigines 'original inhabitants' (see aborigine) + -al.

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