Meaning of “native speaker” in the English Dictionary

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"native speaker" in British English

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native speakernoun [ C ]

uk /ˌneɪ.tɪv ˈspiː.kər/ us /ˌneɪ.t̬ɪv ˈspiː.kɚ/

B2 someone who has spoken a particular language since they were a baby, rather than having learned it as a child or adult:

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  • He is a native speaker of Russian.
  • Native speakers just learn these idioms naturally.
  • I know I'll never speak French like a native speaker.

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

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