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ABORIGINAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Aboriginal mean? 

ABORIGINAL (noun)
  The noun ABORIGINAL has 1 sense:

1. a dark-skinned member of a race of people living in Australia when Europeans arrived

  Familiarity information: ABORIGINAL used as a noun is very rare.


ABORIGINAL (adjective)
  The adjective ABORIGINAL has 3 senses:

1. of or pertaining to members of the indigenous people of Australia
2. characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from the beginning
3. having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state

  Familiarity information: ABORIGINAL used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ABORIGINAL (noun)


Sense 1Aboriginal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A dark-skinned member of a race of people living in Australia when Europeans arrived

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

Abo; Aboriginal; Australian Aborigine; native Australian; Aborigine

Hypernyms ("Aboriginal" is a kind of...):

ethnic group; ethnos (people of the same race or nationality who share a distinctive culture)

Aussie; Australian (a native or inhabitant of Australia)


ABORIGINAL (adjective)


Sense 1Aboriginal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or pertaining to members of the indigenous people of Australia

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context example:

an Aboriginal rite

Pertainym:

Aborigine (a dark-skinned member of a race of people living in Australia when Europeans arrived)


Sense 2aboriginal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from the beginning

Synonyms:

aboriginal; native

Context examples:

native Americans / the aboriginal peoples of Australia


Sense 3aboriginal [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having existed from the beginning; in an earliest or original stage or state

Synonyms:

primordial; primeval; primaeval; primal; aboriginal

Context examples:

aboriginal forests / primal eras before the appearance of life on earth / the forest primeval / primordial matter / primordial forms of life

Similar:

early (at or near the beginning of a period of time or course of events or before the usual or expected time)


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