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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ab-uh-rij-uh-nl]
    • /ˌæb əˈrɪdʒ ə nl/
    • /ˌæb.əˈrɪdʒ.ɪ.nəl/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ab-uh-rij-uh-nl]
    • /ˌæb əˈrɪdʒ ə nl/

Definitions of aboriginal word

  • countable noun aboriginal An Aboriginal is an Australian Aborigine. 3
  • adjective aboriginal Aboriginal means belonging or relating to the Australian Aborigines. 3
  • adjective aboriginal The aboriginal people or animals of a place are ones that have been there from the earliest known times or that were there before people or animals from other countries arrived. 3
  • adjective aboriginal existing in a place from the earliest known period; indigenous; autochthonous 3
  • adjective aboriginal of, relating to, or characteristic of the indigenous peoples of Australia 3
  • adjective aboriginal existing (in a place) from the beginning or from earliest days; first; indigenous 3

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Origin of aboriginal

First appearance:

before 1660
One of the 46% oldest English words
First recorded in 1660-70; aborigine + -al1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Aboriginal


aboriginal popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

aboriginal usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for aboriginal

adj aboriginal

  • primitive — being the first or earliest of the kind or in existence, especially in an early age of the world: primitive forms of life.
  • ancient — Ancient means very old, or having existed for a long time.
  • primary — first or highest in rank or importance; chief; principal: his primary goals in life.
  • native — being the place or environment in which a person was born or a thing came into being: one's native land.
  • original — belonging or pertaining to the origin or beginning of something, or to a thing at its beginning: The book still has its original binding.

noun aboriginal

  • indigene — a person or thing that is indigenous or native; native; autochthon.
  • bushman — A Bushman is an aboriginal person from the southwestern part of Africa, especially the Kalahari desert region.
  • aborigine — Aborigines are members of the tribes that were living in Australia when Europeans arrived there.
  • cave dweller — a prehistoric person; person who lives in a cave
  • caveman — Cavemen were people in prehistoric times who lived mainly in caves.

adjective aboriginal

  • autochthonous — (of rocks, deposits, etc) found where they and their constituents were formed
  • local — low-cal.
  • primaeval — of or relating to the first age or ages, especially of the world: primeval forms of life.
  • primal — first; original; primeval: primal eras before the appearance of life on earth.
  • early — in or during the first part of a period of time, a course of action, a series of events, etc.: early in the year.

Antonyms for aboriginal

adj aboriginal

  • modern — of or relating to present and recent time; not ancient or remote: modern city life.
  • new — other than the former or the old: a new era; in the New World.
  • foreign — of, relating to, or derived from another country or nation; not native: foreign cars.

adjective aboriginal

  • nonnative — of or relating to a language that is not the first language acquired by a person: It is harder to communicate in your nonnative language.

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