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



    BrE BrE//ˈneɪtɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈneɪtɪv//
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  1. 1a person who was born in a particular country or area a native of New York
  2. 2a person who lives in a particular place, especially somebody who has lived there a long time synonym local You can always tell the difference between the tourists and the natives. She speaks Italian like a native.
  3. 3(old-fashioned, offensive) a word used in the past by Europeans to describe a person who lived in a place originally, before white people arrived there disputes between early settlers and natives
  4. 4an animal or a plant that lives or grows naturally in a particular area The kangaroo is a native of Australia.
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin nativus, from nat- ‘born’, from the verb nasci.Extra examples He speaks Japanese like a native. She’s was a native of Edinburgh, born and bred. The plants are natives of southern European limestone mountains. A native of Austria, he emigrated to London in 1956. Athens in the summer is too hot even for the natives. She was not a native of the island, but had lived there for many years.
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