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Meaning of NATIVE

Pronunciation:  'neytiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person who was born in a particular place; an indigenous person
  2. [adj]  belonging to one by birth; "my native land"; "one's native language"
  3. [adj]  being such by origin; "the native North American sugar maple"; "many native artists studied abroad"
  4. [adj]  being or composed of people inhabiting a region from the beginning; "native Americans"; "the aboriginal peoples of Australia"
  5. [adj]  normally existing at birth; "mankind's connatural sense of the good"
  6. [adj]  as found in nature in the elemental form; "native copper"

NATIVE is a 6 letter word that starts with N.


 Synonyms: aboriginal, autochthonal, autochthonic, autochthonous, connatural, domestic, endemic, homegrown, inborn, inbred, indigen, indigene, indigenous, native-born, normal, pure
 Antonyms: adopted, adoptive, foreign, nonnative
 See Also: American, Filipino, human, individual, Levantine, Mauritian, mortal, person, Russian, Seychellois, somebody, someone, soul



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Na"tive\, a. [F. natif, L. nativus, fr. nasci, p. p.
    natus. See {Nation}, and cf. {Na["i]ve}, {Nelf} a serf.]
    1. Arising by birth; having an origin; born. [Obs.]
             Anaximander's opinion is, that the gods are native,
             rising and vanishing again in long periods of times.
    2. Of or pertaining to one's birth; natal; belonging to the
       place or the circumstances in which one is born; --
       opposed to {foreign}; as, native land, language, color,
    3. Born in the region in which one lives; as, a native
       inhabitant, race; grown or originating in the region where
       used or sold; not foreign or imported; as, native oysters,
       or strawberries.
    4. Original; constituting the original substance of anything;
       as, native dust. --Milton.
    5. Conferred by birth; derived from origin; born with one;
       inherent; inborn; not acquired; as, native genius,
       cheerfulness, simplicity, rights, etc.
       Courage is native to you.                   --Jowett
                                                   (Thucyd. ).
    6. Naturally related; cognate; connected (with). [R.]
             the head is not more native to the heart, . . . Than
             is the throne of Denmark to thy father. --Shak.
    7. (Min.)
       (a) Found in nature uncombined with other elements; as,
           native silver.
       (b) Found in nature; not artificial; as native sodium
    {Native American party}. See under {American}, a.
    {Native bear} (Zo["o]l.), the koala.
    {Native bread} (Bot.), a large underground fungus, of
       Australia ({Mylitta australis}), somewhat resembling a
       truffle, but much larger.
    {Native devil}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Tasmanian devil}, under
    {Native hen} (Zo["o]l.), an Australian rail ({Tribonyx
    {Native pheasant}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Leipoa}.
    {Native rabbit} (Zo["o]l.), an Australian marsupial
       ({Perameles lagotis}) resembling a rabbit in size and
    {Native sloth} (Zo["o]l.), the koala.
    {Native thrush} (Zo["o]l.), an Australian singing bird
       ({Pachycephala olivacea}); -- called also {thickhead}.
    {Native turkey} (Zo["o]l.), the Australian bustard
       ({Choriotis australis}); -- called also {bebilya}.
    Syn: Natural; natal; original; congential.
    Usage: {Native}, {Natural}, {Natal}. natural refers to the
           nature of a thing, or that which springs therefrom;
           native, to one's birth or origin; as, a native
           country, language, etc.; natal, to the circumstances
           of one's birth; as, a natal day, or star. Native
           talent is that which is inborn; natural talent is that
           which springs from the structure of the mind. Native
           eloquence is the result of strong innate emotion;
           natural eloquence is opposed to that which is studied
           or artifical.
  2. \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
    2. (Stock Breeding) Any of the live stock found in a region,
       as distinguished from such as belong to pure and distinct
       imported breeds. [U.S.]
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