Meaning of ABORIGINAL in English

ABORIGINAL

I. ˌa-bə-ˈrij-nəl, -ˈri-jə-n ə l adjective

Date: 1667

1. : being the first or earliest known of its kind present in a region

aboriginal forests

aboriginal rocks

2.

a. : of or relating to aborigines

b. often capitalized : of or relating to the indigenous peoples of Australia

Synonyms: see native

• ab·orig·i·nal·ly adverb

II. noun

Date: 1767

1. : aborigine 1

2. often capitalized : aborigine 2

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.