- Native is defined as someone born in a particular region or something that grows naturally in a region.
- An example of native is a person born in New York.
- An example of native is a plant that grows naturally in the forest.
- The definition of a native is a person who was born in a particular location or a person who lives in a particular location.
An example of a native to New York is a person who was born in New York.
- inborn or innate rather than acquired
- belonging to a locality or country by birth, production, or growth; indigenous: a native Bostonian, plants native to Florida
- related to one as, or in connection with, the place of one's birth or origin: one's native land, one's native language
- simple; natural; free from affectation
- as found in nature; natural and not refined, adorned, or altered by man
- occurring in a pure state in nature: native gold
- of or characteristic of the natives, or indigenous inhabitants, of a place
- [N-] Native American: Native land rights
Origin of nativeMiddle English natyf from Middle French natif from Classical Latin nativus from natus, born: see nature
- a person born in the place or country indicated
- an original or indigenous inhabitant of a region, as distinguished from an invader, explorer, colonist, etc.
- an indigenous plant or animal
- a permanent resident, as distinguished from a temporary resident or visitor
- a. Being such by birth or origin: a native Scot.b. Being a member of the original inhabitants of a particular place.c. Of, belonging to, or characteristic of such inhabitants: native dress; the native diet of Polynesia.d. Being one's own because of the place or circumstances of one's birth: our native land.
- Originating, growing, or produced in a certain place or region; indigenous: a plant native to Asia.
- Occurring in nature pure or uncombined with other substances: native copper.
- Existing in or belonging to one by nature; innate: her native intelligence.
- Natural, unaltered, or unadorned: native beauty.
- Biochemistry Of or relating to the naturally occurring conformation of a macromolecule, such as a protein.
- Archaic Closely related, as by birth or race.
- a. One born in or connected with a place by birth: a native of Scotland now living in the United States.b. One of the original inhabitants or lifelong residents of a place.
- An animal or plant that originated in a particular place or region.
Origin of nativeMiddle English from Old French natif from Latin nātīvus from nātus past participle of nāscī to be born ; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: When used in reference to a member of an indigenous people, the noun native, like its synonym aborigine, can evoke unwelcome stereotypes of primitiveness or cultural backwardness that many people seek to avoid. As is often the case with words that categorize people, the use of the noun is more problematic than the use of the corresponding adjective. Thus a phrase such as the peoples native to northern Europe or the aboriginal inhabitants of the South Pacific is generally preferable to the natives of northern Europe or the aborigines of the South Pacific. • Despite its potentially negative connotations, native is enjoying increasing popularity in ethnonyms such as native Australian and Alaska Native, perhaps due to the wide acceptance of Native American as a term of ethnic pride and respect. These compounds have the further benefit of being equally acceptable when used alone as nouns ( a native Australian ) or in an adjectival construction ( a member of a native Australian people ). Of terms formed on this model, those referring to peoples indigenous to the United States generally capitalize native, as in Alaska Native (or the less common Native Alaskan ) and Native Hawaiian, while others usually style it lowercase.
(comparative more native, superlative most native)
- Belonging to one by birth.
- This is my native land.
- English is not my native language.
- I need a volunteer native New Yorker for my next joke...
- Characteristic of or relating to people inhabiting a region from prehistoric times.
- What are now called "˜Native Americans' used to be called Indians.
- The native peoples of Australia are called aborigines.
- (chiefly North America, also Native) Of or relating to North American Indians or Aboriginal people.
- Born or grown in the region in which it lives or is found; not foreign or imported.
- a native inhabitant
- native oysters or strawberries
- Many native artists studied abroad.
- (biology, of a species) Which occurs of its own accord in a given locality, to be contrasted with a species introduced by man.
- The naturalized Norway maple often outcompetes the native North American sugar maple.
- (computing, of software) Pertaining to the system or architecture in question.
- This is a native back-end to gather the latest news feeds.
- The native integer size is sixteen bits.
- (mineralogy) Occurring naturally in its pure or uncombined form; native aluminium, native salt.
- Arising by birth; having an origin; born.
- Original; constituting the original substance of anything.
- native dust
- Naturally related; cognate; connected (with).
(North American) Native was adopted as an ethnonym when Indian dropped out of favour in formal use, due to its association with Christopher Columbus mistaking North America for India. More precise names are American Indian, Native American, or Native Canadian.
In Canada, specific terms for Aboriginal peoples are preferable in formal writing, such as the adjectives First Nations, Inuit, and Metis. Indian is also used in some contexts, but not appropriate in others.
From Old French natif, from Latin nativus, from natus, "˜birth'.
native - Computer Definition
- Pertaining to something in its original, natural form. As examples, voice and video are analog in their native forms, whereas computer-to-computer communications are digital.
- Referring to program code or an application written for a specific operating environment, such as an operating system (e.g., DOS or UNIX) or processor.