Meaning of “Aborigine” in the English Dictionary


"Aborigine" in English

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Aboriginenoun [ C ]

uk /ˌæb.əˈrɪdʒ.ən.i/ us /ˌæb.əˈrɪdʒ.ən.i/

a member of the race of people with dark skins who were the first people to live in Australia

Examples from literature

  • Aborigines also see a big picture of a black emu in the night sky. 
  • An Aborigine story says that when the world was young, somebody sent an emu egg into the sky and made the sun. 
  • Australian Aborigines crossed the sea from Asia as early as 50,000 years ago. 
  • But even today, when people think of Australia, they often think of Aborigines. 
  • In 1933 there were only 74,000 Aborigines left, maybe a quarter of the number there were in 1788. 
  • Other Aborigines died from the diseases that the new people brought with them. 
  • Some people say the Aborigine word koala means “does not drink,” but this is wrong. 
  • The Aborigines of Australia traditionally believed in the Rainbow Serpent, a magical snake that lived under the ground and controlled oil and water. 
  • The Aborigines thought that long ago Australia was a huge, flat country. 
  • The Aborigines, the first people of Australia, tell stories about it. 
  • The first Australians, the Aborigines, arrived thousands of years ago, maybe 50,000 years ago. 
  • You can go on a tour with a guide to learn why Uluru is so important to the Aborigines. 
  • As between the Aborigines themselves, the court has never interfered, for obvious reasons. 
  • In the preceding chapters I have given a general outline of the character, manners, and customs of the Aborigines of Australia, and of the effects produced upon them by a contact with civilization. 
  • It so happened on this day that the water was rough, and consequently unfavourable to the Aborigines. 
  • The circular form and the domed roof of the temple were survivals of the prehistoric huts of the Aborigines, which were invariably round, as the traces of their foundations show. 
  • The dwellings of the Aborigines are simple, of a very temporary character, and requiring but little skill or labour to construct them. 

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

"Aborigine" in American English

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Aboriginenoun [ C ]

us /ˌæb·əˈrɪdʒ·ə·ni/

a member of any of the groups of people who first lived in Australia

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