native

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French natif, from Latin nativus, from natus, ‘birth’.

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native (comparative more native, superlative most native)

  1. Belonging to one by birth.
    This is my native land.
    English is not my native language.
    I need a volunteer native New Yorker for my next joke…
  2. Characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from prehistoric times.
    What are now called ‘Native Americans’ used to be called Indians.
    The native peoples of Australia are called aborigines.
  3. Alternative capitalization of Native (of or relating to the native inhabitants of the Americas, or of Australia).
  4. Born or grown in the region in which it lives or is found; not foreign or imported.
    a native inhabitant
    native oysters or strawberries
    Many native artists studied abroad.
  5. (biology, of a species) Which occurs of its own accord in a given locality, to be contrasted with a species introduced by man.
    The naturalized Norway maple often outcompetes the native North American sugar maple.
  6. (computing, of software) Pertaining to the system or architecture in question.
    This is a native back-end to gather the latest news feeds.
    The native integer size is sixteen bits.
  7. (mineralogy) Occurring naturally in its pure or uncombined form; native aluminium, native salt.
  8. Arising by birth; having an origin; born.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Cudworth
      Anaximander's opinion is, that the gods are native, rising and vanishing again in long periods of times.
  9. Original; constituting the original substance of anything.
    native dust
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
  10. Naturally related; cognate; connected (with).
    • (Can we date this quote?) Shakespeare
      The head is not more native to the heart, [] / Than is the throne of Denmark to thy father.

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native (plural natives)

  1. A person who is native to a place; a person who was born in a place.
  2. (in particular) A person of aboriginal stock, as distinguished from a person who was or whose ancestors were foreigners or settlers/colonizers. Alternative capitalization of Native (aboriginal inhabitant of the Americas or Australia).
    Some natives must have stolen our cattle.

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French[edit]

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native

  1. feminine form of natif

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Italian[edit]

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native

  1. feminine plural of nativo

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native f

  1. plural form of nativa

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Latin[edit]

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nātīve

  1. vocative masculine singular of nātīvus

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native

  1. feminine plural nominative form of nativ
  2. feminine plural accusative form of nativ
  3. neuter plural nominative form of nativ
  4. neuter plural accusative form of nativ