Definition of indigene in English:



  • An indigenous person.

    ‘In the era of self-determination, the missionaries handed control to public servants and the indigenes, and the ability to maintain production ceased.’
    • ‘The previous inhabitants, Taino indigenes, were destroyed by diseases, weapons, and enslavement brought by the Spanish.’
    • ‘Then, ask just what is required to jump-start genuine wealth-creating opportunities for indigenes of the oil-producing states.’
    • ‘Governor Gordon was more sympathetic to the indigenes.’
    • ‘Can we go to the region and say we've turned a new leaf but, by the way, we never got to a proper basis of reconciliation with our indigenes?’
    • ‘Preserving indigenes like butterflies in amber, even on the upper Nile, was impossible.’
    • ‘According to the 2001 census, indigenes made up 2.2 percent of the Australian population (410,000 in a total population of 19 million).’
    • ‘The French, by contrast, sought to ‘Frenchify’ their indigenes, and frequently went native themselves.’
    • ‘Population decline has the opposite effect, mitigating conflict among indigenes in the Hudson Bay region.’
    • ‘The persuasive powers of montage and myth worked together to isolate the ‘aggression’ of American indigenes from any historical or political context.’
    • ‘The Atlantic zone's people, mostly Protestants, include English-speaking blacks and 100,000 indigenes.’
    • ‘Within this new legal framework, Spaniards could in good conscience punish the bodies of indigenes as harshly and theatrically as former conquistadors.’
    • ‘Some historians and political analysts assert that the US polity manifested colonial features beyond its treatment of indigenes.’
    • ‘It was also the space where the Europeans first made consistent contact with the indigenes and vice versa.’
    • ‘This is not the place to detail the history of the wars and battles that occurred as the settlers usurped the ancient territories of the indigenes.’
    • ‘It rather presents wealth, power and immortality as something which indigenes first had but lost.’
    • ‘When everyone puts the empire behind them, when nobody wishes to be a colonist, how viable is the indigene's persona?’
    • ‘But Bob's signification as the new indigene and the legitimate inheritor of the land is radically contradicted by the ending of the story.’
    • ‘He appears as a perfect republican, an American indigene who thrives in a libertarian wilderness.’



/ˈindəˌjēn/ /ˈɪndəˌdʒin/


Late 16th century from French indigène, from Latin indigena, from indi- (strengthened form of in- ‘into’) + an element related to gignere ‘beget’.