Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of the indigenous or earliest known population of a region; a native.
  • n. A member of any of the indigenous peoples of Australia. See Usage Note at native.
  • n. The flora and fauna native to a geographic area.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of the aborigines (which see); an aboriginal. Also called aborigen, aborigin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an indigenous person who was born in a particular place
  • n. a dark-skinned member of a race of people living in Australia when Europeans arrived

Etymologies

From Latin aborīginēs, original inhabitants (folk etymology of a pre-Roman tribal name) : ab-, from; see ab-1 + orīgine, ablative of orīgō, beginning; see origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The term aborigine, of course, does not designate a single ethnicity.

    orrologion

  • My impression is that these terms koori, etc are not very widely known and used in the general population and "aborigine", "aboriginal" or "black people" are the most common.

    languagehat.com: ABORIGINES.

  • In Bardi it was always maank ambooriny (= 'black people') or "aborigine" (as noun or adjective) in Aboriginal English.

    languagehat.com: ABORIGINES.

  • The word "aborigine" is a noun that refers to a person who is aboriginal.

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  • Sleeping Indian specializes in top-end wool hunting gear, and is named after a mountain in Wyoming rather than after a somnolent aborigine.

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  • MD: We do aborigine style to catch bait fish for catfishing.

    Mark R. Collins: Going Catfishing With The Kingston Springs at Austin City Limits

  • She is an aborigine, sprung from the soil, yet close to the soil, and impossible to lift from the soil.

    “The Kipling of the Klondike”: Naturalism in London's Early Fiction

  • Yet man to-day is the same man that drank from his enemy's skull in the dark German forests, that sacked cities, and stole his women from neighboring clans like any howling aborigine.

    The Somnambulists

  • The brief duty visit over, Martha arose and accompanied her back to the bungalow, putting money into her hand, commanding proud and beautiful Japanese housemaids to wait upon the dilapidated aborigine with poi, which is compounded of the roots of the water lily, with iamaka, which is raw fish, and with pounded kukui nut and limu, which latter is seawood tender to the toothless, digestible and savoury.

    ON THE MAKALOA MAT

  • "Of course, most people just want to get to the top and say they did it," laughs mountain guide Xiao Gu, a Bunun aborigine who leads hikers up Yushan for about NT$3,000 to NT$4,000 a day (US$93 to US$125).

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