Meaning of NATIVE in English

NATIVE

■ noun

1》 a person born in a specified place or associated with a place by birth.

↘a local inhabitant.

2》 an animal or plant indigenous to a place.

3》 dated, often offensive a non-white original inhabitant of a country as regarded by European colonists or travellers.

■ adjective

1》 associated with the place or circumstances of a person's birth.

↘of the indigenous inhabitants of a place.

2》 (of a plant or animal) of indigenous origin or growth.

3》 innate; in a person's character: ~ wit.

4》 (of a metal or other mineral) found in a pure or uncombined state.

Phrases

go ~ derogatory (of a person living abroad) adopt the way of life of the country one is living in.

Derivatives

~ly adverb

~ness noun

Origin

ME: from L. nativus , from nat- , nasci 'be born'.

Usage

In contexts such as a ~ of Boston or New York was too hot even for the ~s , the use of the noun ~ is quite acceptable. When used to refer to non-white original inhabitants of a country, however, it has an old-fashioned feel and may cause offence.

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