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See also: Native
- 1 English
- 2 French
- 3 Italian
- 4 Latin
- 5 Romanian
- 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…
- 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.
- Alternative letter-case form of (of or relating to the native inhabitants of the Americas, or of Australia).
- 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.
- (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.
- (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.
- (mineralogy) Occurring naturally in its pure or uncombined form; native aluminium, native salt.
- Arising by birth; having an origin; born.
- Original; constituting the original substance of anything.
- native dust
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Milton to this entry?)
- Naturally related; cognate; connected (with).
belonging to one by birth
characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from the beginning
characteristic of or existing by virtue of geographic origin
biology: which occurs of its own accord in a given locality
computing: written specifically to run on a particular processor
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native (plural natives)
- A person who is native to a place; a person who was born in a place.
- (in particular) A person of aboriginal stock, as distinguished from a person who was or whose ancestors were foreigners or settlers/colonizers. Alternative letter-case form of (aboriginal inhabitant of the Americas or Australia).
- Some natives must have stolen our cattle.
- A native speaker.
- In North America, native/Native came into use as an umbrella term for the indigenous inhabitants of America as Indian began to fall out of formal usage (because it originated from Columbus's mistaken belief that he was in India and the people he encountered were Indians). Other designations include Native American, Native Canadian, and American Indian. In Canada, the terms include Inuit and Metis and the adjectives First Nation/First Nations.
- homeling (uncommon, obsolete)
person who is native to a place
person of aboriginal stock
native speaker — see native speaker
Most common English words before 1923: possession · move · foreign · #956: native · members · fortune · glass
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