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Definition of Native


  1. Arising by birth; having an origin; born.
  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, etc.
  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.
  5. Conferred by birth; derived from origin; born with one; inherent; inborn; not acquired; as, native genius, cheerfulness, simplicity, rights, etc.
  6. Naturally related; cognate; connected (with).
  7. Found in nature uncombined with other elements; as, native silver.
  8. Found in nature; not artificial; as native sodium chloride.
  9. 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.
  10. Any of the live stock found in a region, as distinguished from such as belong to pure and distinct imported breeds.

Native Quotations

I can speak Esperanto like a native.
Spike Milligan

Even as I pursued a doctorate in the history of ideas in my native Denmark, I realized I had neither the encyclopedic training nor the passion for cool logic - not to mention the nerve - to follow in the footsteps of classical liberal philosophers and economists such as Robert Nozick, Friedrich Hayek, and Milton Friedman.
Anne Fortier

I look at an ant and I see myself: a native South African, endowed by nature with a strength much greater than my size so I might cope with the weight of a racism that crushes my spirit.
Miriam Makeba

Sixty percent of all Indians live in urban areas, but nobody's writing about them. They're really an underrepresented population, and the ironic thing is very, very few of those we call Native American writers actually grew up on reservations, and yet most of their work is about reservations.
Sherman Alexie

I realized how Latina I was, and then also, at the same time, how not Latina enough I was, because I'm born and raised in Los Angeles. I speak Spanish, but I don't speak perfect Spanish, not like a native speaker.
America Ferrera
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Native Translations

native in Afrikaans is inheems
native in Dutch is ingeboren, aangeboren
native in French is natif
native in German is angeboren, einheimisch, einheimisch, Eingeborener
native in Italian is natio, unigenito
native in Latin is paterna, paternus
native in Portuguese is nativo
native in Spanish is nativo
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