An example of people who are described by the word aboriginal are the Native Americans in the US.
- existing (in a place) from the beginning or from earliest days; first; indigenous
- of or characteristic of aborigines
- [A-] of or characteristic of the Aborigines of Australia
Origin of aboriginalfrom aborigine + -al
- an aboriginal animal, plant, or person
- [A-] aborigine (sense )
- Having existed in a region from the beginning: aboriginal forests. See Synonyms at native.
- a. Of or relating to aborigines.b. often Aboriginal Of or relating to the indigenous peoples of Australia.
(comparative more aboriginal, superlative most aboriginal)
- First according to historical or scientific records; original; indigenous; primitive. [First attested in the mid 17th century.]
- Living in a land before colonization by the Europeans. [First attested in the late 17th century.]
- Alternative capitalization of Aboriginal. [First attested in the late 18th century.]
- An animal or plant native to a region. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- Alternative capitalization of Aboriginal. [First attested in the mid 18th century.]
- Using uncapitalized aboriginal to refer to people or anything associated with people may cause offence.
- In Canada, style manuals recommend against using the noun Aboriginal for a person or people.
- See also the usage notes under Aboriginal.
(comparative more Aboriginal, superlative most Aboriginal)
Given that -al is an adjective suffix (that Aboriginal was originally an adjective, Aborigines being the original noun), the usage of aboriginal as a noun was for a time considered incorrect.
- Any of the native languages spoken by Australian aborigines.
In Canada, Aboriginal is most commonly capitalized (indicated by its status as the main headword in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary). The term has official status in the Constitution Act of 1982, and while recognizing that it is encountered in lowercase, since 1994 the Government of Canada has recommended the word be always capitalized (like, for example, Asian, Hispanic, and Nordic) and that it be used as a modifier, not a proper noun. It is used in this way by the Canadian Hansard and the Canadian Oxford Dictionary.
The U.S. Chicago Manual of Style recommends to capitalize ethnic groups and their associated adjectives: “Aborigines; an Aborigine; Aboriginal art”.