Meaning of “aboriginal” in the English Dictionary

"aboriginal" in British English

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aboriginaladjective

uk /ˌæb.əˈrɪdʒ.ən.əl/ us /ˌæb.əˈrɪdʒ.ən.əl/

used to refer to a person or living thing that has existed in a country or continent since the earliest time known to people:

aboriginal forests
aboriginal inhabitants

Aboriginalnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌæb.əˈrɪdʒ.ən.əl/ us /ˌæb.əˈrɪdʒ.ən.əl/

an Aborigine

Aboriginal
adjective uk us

Aboriginal art/traditions

(Definition of “aboriginal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"aboriginal" in American English

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aboriginaladjective

us /ˌæb·əˈrɪdʒ·ə·nəl/

having lived or existed in a place since the earliest known time:

The exhibit was of aboriginal plants of this area.

(Definition of “aboriginal” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)