The difference between Indigenous and Native

When used as adjectives, indigenous means born or engendered in, native to a land or region, especially before an intrusion, whereas native means belonging to one by birth.

Native is also noun with the meaning: a person who is native to a place.

check bellow for the other definitions of Indigenous and Native

  1. Indigenous as an adjective (chiefly, of living things):

    Born or engendered in, native to a land or region, especially before an intrusion.

  2. Indigenous as an adjective:

    Innate, inborn.

  3. Indigenous as an adjective:

    Of or relating to the native inhabitants of a land.

  4. Indigenous as an adjective:

    Of or relating to a language, culture, or ethnic group that has not spread by colonization, or that has been on the receiving end of colonization.

  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.