native

native
native NOUN 1) a person born in a specified place. 2) a local inhabitant. 3) an indigenous animal or plant. 4) dated, offensive a non-white original inhabitant of a country as regarded by European colonists or travellers.
ADJECTIVE 1) associated with a person's place of birth. 2) (of a plant or animal) of indigenous origin or growth. 3) of the indigenous inhabitants of a place. 4) in a person's character; innate: native wit.
USAGE In contexts such as a native of Boston the use of the noun native is quite acceptable. But when used as a noun without qualification, as in this dance is a favourite with the natives , it has an old-fashioned feel and, because of its associations with a colonial European attitude to non-white people in remote places, it may cause offence.
ORIGIN Latin nativus, from nasci 'be born' .

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  • Native — Na tive (n[=a] t[i^]v), a. [F. natif, L. nativus, fr. nasci, p. p. natus. See {Nation}, and cf. {Na[ i]ve}, {Neif} a serf.] 1. Arising by birth; having an origin; born. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Anaximander s opinion is, that the gods are native,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • native — [nāt′iv] adj. [ME natyf < MFr natif < L nativus < natus, born: see NATURE] 1. inborn or innate rather than acquired 2. belonging to a locality or country by birth, production, or growth; indigenous [a native Bostonian, native industry,… …   English World dictionary

  • native — adj Native, indigenous, endemic, aboriginal, autochthonous all mean belonging to or associated with a particular place by birth or origin. A person or thing is native (opposed to foreign, alien) that has had his or its birth or origin in the… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • native — 1. In many of its meanings, native is uncontroversial: native speaker, native of Liverpool, native oak are typical examples of uneventful usage. The danger signals start to sound when the word is used to mean ‘an original inhabitant of a country’ …   Modern English usage

  • Native — (duo)  Cet article concerne le groupe de musique. Pour les autres significations, voir Natif. Le groupe Native est un duo français créé en 1991. Il se compose de deux sœurs, Laura Mayne (l ainée, née le 20 janvier 1968 à Villemomble) et… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • native — I (domestic) adjective aboriginal, autochthonal, autochthonic, autochthonous, domestic, enchorial, enchoric, endemic, endemical, home grown, indigenous, local, locally born, not alien, not foreign, original, regional, unborrowed, vernacular II… …   Law dictionary

  • native — [adj1] innate, inherent built in, congenital, connate, connatural, constitutional, endemic, essential, fundamental, genuine, hereditary, implanted, inborn, inbred, indigenous, ingrained, inherited, instinctive, intrinsic, inveterate, inwrought,… …   New thesaurus

  • Native — Na tive, n. 1. One who, or that which, is born in a place or country referred to; a denizen by birth; an animal, a fruit, or vegetable, produced in a certain region; as, a native of France; the natives are restless. [1913 Webster +PJC] 2. (Stock… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • native — native. См. природный. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • native — natively, adv. nativeness, n. /nay tiv/, adj. 1. being the place or environment in which a person was born or a thing came into being: one s native land. 2. belonging to a person by birth or to a thing by nature; inherent: native ability; native… …   Universalium

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