Australian vs Aboriginal - What's the difference?

australian | aboriginal |




(en noun)
  • A person from the country of Australia or of Australian descent.
  • A person from the continent of Australia.
  • A language of the country or continent of Australia; Australian (Australian English).
  • Adjective

  • Of, from, or pertaining to Australia, the Australian people or Australian languages.
  • Derived terms

    * Australian dollar

    See also

    * Strine - (colloquial - the Australian language)


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    (en adjective)
  • First according to historical or scientific records; original; indigenous; primitive.
  • * 1814 , , The Excursion , Longman et al. (publishers), [ page 277]:
  • Green in the Church-yard, beautiful and green; / / And mantled o'er with aboriginal turf / And everlasting flowers.
  • Living in a land before colonization by the Europeans.
  • (Aboriginal)
  • Synonyms

    * (indigenous to a place) native, indigenous, autochthonous, endemic, original, first, earliest, primitive, ancient, primordial, primeval

    Derived terms

    * aboriginality * aboriginally


    (en noun)
  • An animal or plant native to a region.
  • * Charles Darwin
  • It may well be doubted whether this frog is an aboriginal of these islands.
  • (Aboriginal)
  • Usage notes

    * Using uncapitalized aboriginal to refer to people or anything associated with people may cause offence. * In Canada, style manuals recommend against using the noun Aboriginal for a person or people. * See also the usage notes under Aboriginal .