This Latinate word, specifically applied since the 16c to the inhabitants of a country ab origine (from the beginning) has largely given way to aboriginals in the plural. For the singular, the etymologically indefensible form Aborigine has become firmly established in Australia (early 19c); for the plural, use Aboriginals (with a capital initial letter, in Australian contexts, in both cases). The adjective is always Aboriginal. The abbreviated form Abo, though used in Australia with varying degrees of affection and hostility, is considered offensive.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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  • ABORIGINES — Italiae populi qui in Siculotum agros successerunt, Nomen eorum unde originem coeperit, ostendere voluit Festus Pompeius his verbis: Aborigines appellati sunt, quod errantes convenerint in agrum, qui nunc est populi Romani; fuit enim gens… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Aborigines — Ab o*rig i*nes ( r[i^]j [i^]*n[=e]z), n. pl. [L. Aborigines; ab + origo, especially the first inhabitants of Latium, those who originally (ab origine) inhabited Latium or Italy. See {Origin}.] 1. The earliest known inhabitants of a country;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Aborigines —   [æbə rɪdʒɪni:z, englisch, zu lateinisch Aborigines, Aboriginer], Aboriginals [æbə rɪdʒɪnlz] Plural, die Ureinwohner, besonders in Australien (Schwarzaustralier; Australier) …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Aborigĭnes — (lat.), 1) überhaupt so v.w. Urbewohner eines Landes, im Gegensatz der Eingewanderten; bes. 2) eins der ältesten Völker Mittelitaliens, s. Italien (Gesch.) …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Aborigines — er et fremmedord for indfødte eller urbeboere …   Danske encyklopædi

  • Aborigines — Flagge der Aborigines Die Aborigines (englisch [ˌæbəˈɹɪdʒɪniːz], „Ureinwohner“) sind die Ureinwohner Australiens. Sie besiedelten vor etwa 40.000 bis 50.000 Jahren den Kontinent. Aborigines sind kein einheitliches Volk, sondern bestehen au …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Aborigines —    Australia ’s indigenous peoples, thought to have first migrated to the continent 50,000 years ago. Before the arrival of Europeans in 1788, Aborigines arranged themselves into approximately 500 language and territorial groupings later dubbed… …   Encyclopedia of the Age of Imperialism, 1800–1914

  • Aborigines — noun The Australian Aborigine people …   Wiktionary

  • Aborigines — æbÉ™ rɪdʒɪn n. member of the dark skinned people indigenous to Australia …   English contemporary dictionary

  • aborigines — æbÉ™ rɪdʒɪn n. native, indigenous person, member of a people considered to be the original inhabitants of a region …   English contemporary dictionary

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