from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Existing in or belonging to one by nature; innate: native ability.
- adj. Being such by birth or origin: a native Scot.
- adj. Being one's own because of the place or circumstances of one's birth: our native land.
- adj. Originating, growing, or produced in a certain place or region; indigenous: a plant native to Asia.
- adj. Being a member of the original inhabitants of a particular place.
- adj. Of, belonging to, or characteristic of such inhabitants: native dress; the native diet of Polynesia.
- adj. Occurring in nature pure or uncombined with other substances: native copper.
- adj. Natural; unaffected: native beauty.
- adj. Archaic Closely related, as by birth or race.
- adj. Biochemistry Of or relating to the naturally occurring conformation of a macromolecule, such as a protein.
- n. One born in or connected with a place by birth: a native of Scotland now living in the United States.
- n. One of the original inhabitants or lifelong residents of a place.
- n. An animal or plant that originated in a particular place or region.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Belonging to one by birth.
- adj. Characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from prehistoric times.
- adj. Of or relating to North American Indians or Aboriginal people.
- adj. Characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin.
- adj. Which occurs of its own accord in a given locality, to be contrasted with a species introduced by man.
- adj. Pertaining to the system or architecture in question.
- adj. Occurring naturally in its pure or uncombined form; native aluminium, native salt.
- n. A person who is native to a place (literal or metaphoric).
- n. A North American Indian or Aboriginal person.
- n. Sometimes used pejoratively against indigenous peoples by their colonizers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Arising by birth; having an origin; born.
- adj. Of or pertaining to one's birth; natal; belonging to the place or the circumstances in which one is born; -- opposed to
- adj. Born in the region in which one lives; ; grown or originating in the region where used or sold; not foreign or
imported. In the latter sense, synonymous with domestic.
- adj. Original; constituting the original substance of anything.
- adj. Conferred by birth; derived from origin; born with one; inherent; inborn; not acquired
- adj. Naturally related; cognate; connected (with).
- adj. Found in nature uncombined with other elements.
- adj. Found in nature; not artificial.
- n. 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.
- n. Any of the live stock found in a region, as distinguished from such as belong to pure and distinct imported breeds.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Coming into existence by birth; having an origin; born.
- Born of one's self; own.
- Of or pertaining to one by birth, or the place or circumstances of one's birth: as, native land; native language.
- Of indigenous origin or growth; not exotic or of foreign origin or production; belonging by birth: as, the native grapes of the South; a native name.
- Connected by birth; hence, closely related; near.
- Being the place of birth (of).
- Conferred by birth; inborn; hereditary; not artificial or acquired; natural.
- Occurring in nature pure or uncombined with other substances: said of mineral products, and especially of the metals: as, native mercury; native copper: also used to describe any mineral occurring in nature in distinction from the corresponding substance formed artificially: as, galena occurs native and also as a furnace product.
- Synonyms Natal, Native, Natural. Natal has the narrow meaning of belonging to the event of one's birth; hence it is chiefly used with such words as day, hour, star. Native means conferred by birth: as, native genius; or, belonging by birth or origiu; as, native place, country, language. Natural applies to that which is by nature, as opposed to the work of art. Native eloquence is opposed to that which is acquired; natural eloquence to that which is elaborated by rules.
- Indigenous, etc. See original.
- n. One born in a certain place or country, a person or thing which derives its origin from a specified place or country.
- n. In feudal times, one born a serf or villein, as distinguished from a person who had become so in tiny other way.
- n. In astrology, a person born under that aspect of the stars which is under consideration.
- n. In United States politics, same as Knownothing. See American party, under American.
- n. An oyster raised in a bed other than the natural one.
- n. Natural source; origin.
- Peopled with natives or aborigines; not civilized: as, a native region; native country.
- n. A name given in Australia to the schnapper, Pagrus unicolor, after it has ceased to school. Also called rock-native.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin
- adj. as found in nature in the elemental form
- n. an indigenous person who was born in a particular place
- n. indigenous plants and animals
- adj. belonging to one by birth
- n. a person born in a particular place or country
- adj. characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from the beginning
Middle English, from Old French natif, from Latin nātīvus, from nātus, past participle of nāscī, to be born.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French natif, from Latin nativus, from natus, ‘birth’. (Wiktionary)