Definition of aborigine in English:

aborigine

noun

  • 1A person, animal, or plant that has been in a country or region from earliest times.

    • ‘Most Taiwanese and aborigines speak both a local language and the national language.’
    • ‘The local aborigines had refused to join the expedition declaring the mountains to be the domain of the gods.’
    • ‘He is the only aborigine in the national parliament.’
    • ‘Nobody lived any more like aborigines in ‘geographical communities’: the community of the 21st century was one-touch, broadband and ‘virtual’.’
    • ‘The aborigines do hunt bears sometimes, attracted by the high profits.’
    • ‘What's really been great is just the sheer pride aborigines get from watching the film.’
    • ‘As far as anyone can tell the island was never inhabited by aborigines.’
    • ‘After 1730, he developed a series of posts to intercept the aborigines travelling from the west to the Bay.’
    • ‘They co-exist peacefully with people of other castes and tribes that include the Yeravas, Kurubas, the aborigines called Kudiyas, the lower caste called Poleyas.’
    • ‘Evidence for this impact consisted of legends from American aborigines and the Carolina Bays - assumed to be impact craters from the comet.’
    • ‘The distant aborigines who did the trapping would trade with others who would take the furs to the bayside posts.’
    • ‘It is home to a proud, ancient people often referred to as the aborigines of Europe.’
    • ‘From the pre-historic days of aborigines to the present day of robots and computers, the ideas of managing available resources have been in existence in some form or other.’
    native, indigene, aborigine, local, original inhabitant
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    1. 1.1An aboriginal inhabitant of Australia.
      • ‘Their study of the Aranda Aborigines of Central Australia is still widely quoted.’
      • ‘The first marriage in South Australia between an Aborigine and a European was solemnised on 27 January 1848.’
      • ‘In Australia, Aborigines have already had several sets of remains reburied.’
      • ‘I expect that things were no better for the Aborigines of Australia.’
      • ‘The art of making these rafts was practised by most Aborigines in Australia from the rivers to the coasts.’
      • ‘They are spoken in the Torres Strait, and among Aborigines in northern Australia.’
      • ‘There he became active in the One People of Australia League and, reportedly, was the first Aborigine to join the Liberal Party.’
      • ‘The struggle over Australian history hinges on the treatment of Aborigines.’
      • ‘He was an Aborigine, almost unknown then in Australian first-class cricket, and he was alarmingly fast.’
      • ‘How would it have first appeared to early European visitors and what might the Aborigines have had to say about it?’
      • ‘How is the Tasmanian experience different to that of mainland Aborigines?’
      • ‘Therefore, to be recorded in folklore implied that the Aborigines also must have been around at the same time.’
      • ‘That same year the station was also selected for the distribution of rations and blankets to the Aborigines.’
      • ‘It was all washed down with a delicious tea made from the leaves of the sassafras, whose benefits were once known only to the Aborigines.’
      • ‘The film also inadequately deals with the situation confronting local Aborigines on the mission.’
      • ‘The Flinders Ranges provide a home to Aborigines, farmers, miners and pastoralists.’
      • ‘Common to much of her writing at this time is an appreciation of the culture and traditional life of the Aborigines.’
      • ‘He has made films about Australian aborigines and local environmental issues.’
      • ‘It's in the middle of the Anmatjere region which has a population of around 1,400, of which nearly 80% are aborigines.’
      • ‘Even today aborigines in the outback habitually go walkabout to experience what they call the ‘songlines’.’

Usage

Both Aboriginal and Aborigine may be used as nouns referring to a member of an Australian Aboriginal people, but Aborigine is the commoner and is often preferred, especially in the plural

Origin

Mid 19th century back-formation from the 16th-century plural aborigines ‘original inhabitants’ (in classical times referring to those of Italy and Greece), from the Latin phrase ab origine ‘from the beginning’.

Pronunciation

aborigine

/abəˈrɪdʒɪniː/