Definition of indigene in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɪndɪdʒiːn/


An indigenous person.
Example sentences
  • In the era of self-determination, the missionaries handed control to public servants and the indigenes, and the ability to maintain production ceased.
  • The previous inhabitants, Taino indigenes, were destroyed by diseases, weapons, and enslavement brought by the Spanish.
  • The violent police / indigenes relationship is a consistently troubling commonality in many parts of the world.


Late 16th century: from French indigène, from Latin indigena, from indi- (strengthened form of in- 'into') + an element related to gignere 'beget'.

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