Aboriginal



of, relating to, or typical of :
aboriginal customs.
original or earliest known; native; indigenous:
the aboriginal people of Tahiti.
(def 1).
(initial capital letter) (def 2).
Contemporary Examples

Spence is the leader of an aboriginal community called Attawapiskat in northern Ontario.
The Hunger Strike Diet: You Don’t Lose Weight AND You Accomplish Your Goal! David Frum January 23, 2013

The day just gets more upsetting when we hear about aboriginal rights in Canada.
Our Trip to The Climate War’s Ground Zero Darren Aronofsky September 18, 2014

Prince Philip, known for his gaffes about aboriginal Australians and the “slitty-eyed” Chinese, is a sideshow unto himself.
Prince Not-So-Charming? Tracy Quan January 11, 2009

aboriginal leaders argue that the pool of victims is still larger, and even includes men and at least one family.
Highway of Vanishing Women Christine Pelisek July 9, 2011

A 15-year-old girl leading the burning chanted for sovereignty: “Always was, always will be aboriginal land.”
Aussie P.M. Narrowly Escapes Protest, Leaves Shoe Behind Sam Bungey January 27, 2012

Historical Examples

The caste usually bury the dead with the feet to the north, like the Gonds and other aboriginal tribes.
The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India R. V. Russell

What is the aboriginal Self, on which a universal reliance may be grounded?
Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is the way the red men go about to induce the aboriginal maids to listen to their suit.
Indian Boyhood [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman

Every vestige of aboriginal architecture has disappeared from the surface of the city.
Aztec Land Maturin M. Ballou

Traces and traditions of this aboriginal race are found in all parts of the world, and in sacred as well as profane history.
Rambles in the Islands of Corsica and Sardinia Thomas Forester

adjective
existing in a place from the earliest known period; indigenous; autochthonous
adjective
of, relating to, or characteristic of the indigenous peoples of Australia
noun
another word for an Australian Aborigine
adj.

1660s, “first, earliest,” especially in reference to inhabitants of lands colonized by Europeans, from aborigines (see aborigine) + -al (1); specific Australian sense is from 1820. The noun is attested from 1767. Related: Aboriginally.

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