If you’re an aborigine in a country, that means you were there first. Use the word to refer to someone or something that has been there since the beginning.

The word aborigine traces back to the Latin ab origine, meaning "from the beginning," and as you might guess, this noun refers to something that has been there from the start. Aborigine is most often used to refer to a native group that has a longstanding historic or cultural tie to an area or country, unlike other groups that may have entered later to colonize the region. If the word is capitalized, it refers to someone belonging to the group of people that first inhabited Australia.

Definitions of aborigine
  1. noun
    an indigenous person who was born in a particular place
    synonyms: aboriginal, indigen, indigene, native
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    (formerly) a native or inhabitant of the Levant
    a native or inhabitant of Mauritius
    a native or inhabitant of the Philippines
    a native or inhabitant of Russia
    a native or inhabitant of Seychelles
    a member of the Turkic-speaking people living from the Volga to the Ural Mountains (the name has been attributed to many other groups)
    Udmurt, Votyak
    a member of the Finno-Ugric-speaking people living in eastern European Russia
    a member of a Finnish people living in the northwestern Urals in Russia
    Cheremis, Cheremiss, Mari
    a member of a rural Finnish people living in eastern Russia
    Inger, Ingerman, Ingrian
    a member of western Finnish people formerly living in the Baltic province where Saint Petersburg was built
    Carelian, Karelian
    a member of the Finnish people living in Karelia in northwestern European Russia
    Khanty, Ostyak
    a member of the nomadic Ugrian people living in northwestern Siberia (east of the Urals)
    Mordva, Mordvin, Mordvinian
    a member of the agricultural people living in the central Volga provinces of European Russia
    a member of the Samoyedic people living on the Taimyr Peninsula in Siberia
    Ostyak-Samoyed, Selkup
    one of the people of mixed Ostyak and Samoyed origin in Siberia
    a Samoyedic-speaking person in northwestern Siberia
    Veps, Vepse, Vepsian
    a member of a Finnish people of Russia
    Mansi, Vogul
    a member of a nomadic people of the northern Urals
    a member of one of the groups living in the Yenisei river valley in western Siberia
    a member of the predominantly Muslim people in the southern Philippines
    Great Russian
    a member of the chief stock of Russian people living in European Russia; used to distinguish ethnic Russians from other peoples incorporated into Russia
    a resident of Moscow
    a native or inhabitant of Georgia in Asia
    a native or inhabitant of Siberia
    a native or inhabitant of Chechnya
    a member of a people native to the Philippines chiefly inhabiting central Luzon around and including Manila
    Bisayan, Visayan
    a member of the most numerous indigenous people of the Philippines
    type of:
    individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul
    a human being
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