Definition of aboriginal adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌæbəˈrɪdʒənl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌæbəˈrɪdʒənl//
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  1. 1(also Aboriginal) relating to the original people living in Australia the issue of Aboriginal land rights
  2. 2relating to the original people, animals, etc. of a place and to a period of time before Europeans arrived the aboriginal peoples of Canada aboriginal art/culture
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin aborigines ‘original inhabitants’ (in classical times referring to those of Italy and Greece, from the Latin phrase ab origine ‘from the beginning’) + -al.
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