Native

Adjective

  • Characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from prehistoric times.

    "What are now called ‘Native Americans’ used to be called Indians."

  • Born or grown in the region in which it lives or is found; not foreign or imported.

    "a native inhabitant"

  • (biology, of a species) Which occurs of its own accord in a given locality, to be contrasted with a species introduced by man.

    "The naturalized Norway maple often outcompetes the native North American sugar maple."

  • (mineralogy) Occurring naturally in its pure or uncombined form; native aluminium, native salt.
  • Naturally related; cognate; connected (with).
  • Belonging to one by birth.

    "I need a volunteer native New Yorker for my next joke…"

  • Alternative letter-case form of Native (of or relating to the native inhabitants of the Americas, or of Australia).
  • Born or grown in the region in which it lives or is found; not foreign or imported.

    "Many native artists studied abroad."

  • (computing, of software) Pertaining to the system or architecture in question.

    "The native integer size is sixteen bits."

  • Original; constituting the original substance of anything.
  • Belonging to one by birth.

    "English is not my native language."

  • Characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from prehistoric times.

    "The native peoples of Australia are called aborigines."

  • Born or grown in the region in which it lives or is found; not foreign or imported.

    "native oysters or strawberries"

  • (computing, of software) Pertaining to the system or architecture in question.

    "This is a native back-end to gather the latest news feeds."

  • Arising by birth; having an origin; born.
  • Belonging to one by birth.

    "This is my native land."

Noun

  • A native speaker.
  • (in particular) A person of aboriginal stock, as distinguished from a person who was or whose ancestors were foreigners or settlers/colonizers. Alternative letter-case form of Native (aboriginal inhabitant of the Americas or Australia).

    "Some natives must have stolen our cattle."

  • A person who is native to a place; a person who was born in a place.

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