American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 1

Author: Noah Webster


ABORIG’INAL, a. [L. ab and origo, origin. See Origin.]

First; original; primitive; aboriginal people are the first inhabitants of a country.

Aboriginal tribes of America.

ABORIG’INAL, a. an original, or primitive inhabitant. The first settlers in a country are called aboriginals; as the Celts in Europe, and Indians in America.