Definition of aboriginal in English:

aboriginal

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adjective

  • 1Inhabiting or existing in a land from the earliest times or from before the arrival of colonists; indigenous.

    ‘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.’
    • ‘In ancient and aboriginal cultures, dreams were too important to he entrusted to mere dreamers.’
    • ‘The main exception to this has been the relationship between the dominant French-English state and aboriginal peoples.’
    • ‘The Paiwan are surrounded by Han Chinese and other aboriginal groups including Rukai and Puyuma.’
    • ‘A small remnant of Khoi and San aboriginal populations lives in the extreme northwest.’
    • ‘There are seven distinct aboriginal languages, which are grouped into three language families.’
    • ‘The Committee is concerned that aboriginal rights of Native Americans may, in law, be extinguished by Congress.’
    • ‘In North America alone, there are many aboriginal cultures that no longer know a word of their original languages.’
    • ‘It still gives the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs authority over aboriginal children's education.’
    • ‘Two weeks ago, accompanying her as she questioned Premier Yu, were a group of activists from different aboriginal tribes.’
    • ‘Mr. Wellheiser was adopted by a native Canadian family and has been extensively involved in aboriginal activities.’
    • ‘As National Aboriginal Day dawns Monday, the statistics for aboriginal youth remain depressing.’
    • ‘The Maya and Garifuna demonstrate the surviving tribal traits of the aboriginal peoples.’
    • ‘Now, the division needs to bring aboriginal perspectives into the entire curriculum, for all its students.’
    • ‘The shockwaves of that first gunfire are still being felt in aboriginal communities today throughout the country.’
    • ‘Handley said aboriginal health is not just a federal matter because a large and growing proportion of natives live off-reserve.’
    • ‘However, I note that a leading Canadian authority on aboriginal title stated that one dimension of it is its inalienability.’
    • ‘Few of the dramatic postglacial changes in global environment escaped the attention of aboriginal humans.’
    native, original, earliest, first, aboriginal, initial
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    1. 1.1Relating to the indigenous peoples of Australia or their languages.
      ‘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.’
      • ‘Why should Aboriginal Australians be in a lesser position in respect of proprietorial rights than other Australians?’
      • ‘Her paintings and drawings offer a glimpse into the world view of an Aboriginal Australian who has emerged with a positive vision of the future for all people.’
      • ‘In his book A Place for Strangers, Tony Swain argued that Australian Aboriginal peoples did not fit this model.’
      • ‘Another proud first for Lismore this year was the raising of the Aboriginal flag beside the Australian flag’
      • ‘My fourth-graders started by studying the work of the Australian Aboriginal artists.’
      • ‘Tasmania has a higher percentage of its population identifying as Aboriginal than any other Australian state.’
      • ‘It has been eradicated in most parts of the world, but is still occurring in Australian Aboriginal communities.’
      • ‘It saluted Aboriginal culture, the Australian landscape and the country's rural traditions.’
      • ‘Students across NSW will be able to study an Aboriginal language under changes to the state curriculum.’
      • ‘I refer, of course, to the place of the Aboriginal population in Australian national identity.’
      • ‘Some linguists predict that if nothing is done, almost all Aboriginal languages will be dead within the next decade.’
      • ‘It's from there that we have the word kangaroo which reflects the local Aboriginal language of that place.’
      • ‘She puts her support in large part down to her capacity to speak in Aboriginal language.’
      • ‘And much of this politics and conflict has involved the replacement of European names with Aboriginal ones.’
      • ‘He's troubled by the apparent influence of black American culture on Aboriginal kids.’
      • ‘Its postwar collection is solid in nonindigenous Australian art and truly first rate in Aboriginal work.’
      • ‘There has been a damning indictment of living conditions at a remote Aboriginal community by the West Australian coroner.’

Pronunciation

aboriginal

/ˌabəˈrijənl/ /ˌæbəˈrɪdʒənl/

noun

  • 1An aboriginal inhabitant of a place.

    1. 1.1A person belonging to one of the indigenous peoples of Australia.

Pronunciation

aboriginal

/ˌabəˈrijənl/ /ˌæbəˈrɪdʒənl/

Origin

Mid 17th century from Latin aborigines ‘original inhabitants’ (see aborigine) + -al.