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



BrE BrE//ˌæbəˈrɪdʒənl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˌæbəˈrɪdʒənl//
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(also Aboriginal) a member of a race of people who were the original people living in a country, especially Australia see also Koori 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: aboriginal

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