The difference between Aboriginal and Native

When used as nouns, aboriginal means an animal or plant native to a region, whereas native means a person who is native to a place.

When used as adjectives, aboriginal means first according to historical or scientific records, whereas native means belonging to one by birth.

check bellow for the other definitions of Aboriginal and Native

  1. Aboriginal as an adjective:

    First according to historical or scientific records; original; indigenous; primitive.

  2. Aboriginal as an adjective:

    Living in a land before colonization by the Europeans.

  3. Aboriginal as an adjective:

  1. Aboriginal as a noun:

    An animal or plant native to a region.

  2. Aboriginal as a noun:

  1. Native as an adjective:

    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…"

  2. Native as an adjective:

    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."

  3. Native as an adjective:


  4. Native as an adjective:

    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."

  5. Native as an adjective (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."

  6. Native as an adjective (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."

  7. Native as an adjective (mineralogy):

    Occurring naturally in its pure or uncombined form; native aluminium, native salt.

  8. Native as an adjective:

    Arising by birth; having an origin; born.

  9. Native as an adjective:

    Original; constituting the original substance of anything.


    "native dust"

    "rfquotek Milton"

  10. Native as an adjective:

    Naturally related; cognate; connected (with).

  1. Native as a noun:

    A person who is native to a place; a person who was born in a place.

  2. Native as a noun (in particular):

    A person of aboriginal stock, as distinguished from a person who was or whose ancestors were foreigners or settlers/colonizers. .


    "Some natives must have stolen our cattle."

  3. Native as a noun:

    A native speaker.

  4. Native as a noun:

    Ostrea edulis, a kind of oyster.