Meaning of NATIVE in English


I. ˈnā-tiv adjective

Etymology: Middle English natif, from Middle French, from Latin nativus, from natus, past participle of nasci to be born — more at nation

Date: 14th century

1. : inborn , innate

native talents

2. : belonging to a particular place by birth

native to Wisconsin

3. archaic : closely related

4. : belonging to or associated with one by birth

5. : natural , normal


a. : grown, produced, or originating in a particular place or in the vicinity : local

b. : living or growing naturally in a particular region : indigenous

7. : simple , unaffected


a. : constituting the original substance or source

b. : found in nature especially in an unadulterated form

mining native silver

9. chiefly Australian : having a usually superficial resemblance to a specified English plant or animal

10. capitalized : of, relating to, or being a member of an aboriginal people of North or South America : Native American

• na·tive·ly adverb

• na·tive·ness noun


native , indigenous , endemic , aboriginal mean belonging to a locality. native implies birth or origin in a place or region and may suggest compatibility with it

native tribal customs

indigenous applies to species or races and adds to native the implication of not having been introduced from elsewhere

maize is indigenous to America

endemic implies being peculiar to a region

edelweiss is endemic in the Alps

aboriginal implies having no known race preceding in occupancy of the region

the aboriginal peoples of Australia

II. noun

Date: 1535

1. : one born or reared in a particular place


a. : an original or indigenous inhabitant

b. : something indigenous to a particular locality

3. : a local resident ; especially : a person who has always lived in a place as distinguished from a visitor or a temporary resident

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