What is native?

  • (noun): A person who was born in a particular place; an indigenous person.
    Synonyms: indigen, indigene
    See also — Additional definitions below

Native

The term "native" can have many different social and political connotations in different contexts. In some cases it is a neutral, descriptive term, for example, when stating that one is a native of a particular city or that a certain language is one's native language. However, in the context of colonialism—in particular, British colonialism—the term "natives", as applied to the inhabitants of colonies, assumed a disparaging and patronising sense, implying that the people concerned were incapable of taking care of themselves and in need of Europeans to administer their lives; therefore, these people resent the use of the term and consider it insulting, and at present English speakers usually avoid using it. This connotation has also led to controversy over the preference of the terms Native American or American Indians, though this controversy has resulted in either term being acceptable to most American Indians. And in the context of Nativism, in some periods a potent political force, "natives" are defined as a (predominantly white) group deserving of a special privileged position in comparison to immigrants.

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Douglas, Georgia - Notable Residents and Natives
... of the country music duo Sugarland, is a native of Douglas ... and hitting coach for the 2005 World Champion Chicago White Sox, is a native of Douglas ... Brown, singer, lived here for a short time while working at a local saw mill.He was a native of Toccoa GA ...
Australian Cuisine - Fruit
... There are many species of Australian native fruits, such as Quandong (native peach), Wattleseed, Muntries / Munthari berry, Illawarra plums, Riberry, Native Raspberries and Lilli pillies ...
Lovebird
... Seven species are native to the African continent, while the Grey-headed Lovebird is native to Madagascar ... insects and figs, and the Black-collared Lovebirds have a special dietary requirement for native figs, making them problematic to keep in captivity ...
Oka Crisis - Immediate Causes
... The tensions between native and non-native people in Canada have been high around communities bordering reserves, mainly over competing uses of land ... As the Office of Native Claims had rejected the Mohawk claim on the land three years earlier, his office did not consult the Mohawk on the plans ... Quebec's Ministry of Native Affairs John Ciaccia wrote a letter of support for the natives, stating that "these people have seen their lands disappear without having been ...
Ridley Park, Pennsylvania - History - Native American
... in Ridley Township has been identified as a Native American town site ... Native Americans significantly influenced the built environment through their network of paths laid out for travel and communication purposes ...

More definitions of "native":

  • (adj): Being or composed of people inhabiting a region from the beginning.
    Example: "Native Americans"
    Synonyms: aboriginal
  • (adj): As found in nature in the elemental form.
    Example: "Native copper"
  • (adj): Being such by origin.
    Example: "The native North American sugar maple"; "many native artists studied abroad"
  • (adj): Belonging to one by birth.
    Example: "My native land"; "one's native language"

Famous quotes containing the word native:

    When we see a soul whose acts are all regal, graceful, and pleasant as roses, we must thank God that such things can be and are, and not turn sourly on the angel, and say, “Crump is a better man with his grunting resistance to all his native devils.”
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    The most domestic cat, which has lain on a rug all her days, appears quite at home in the woods, and, by her sly and stealthy behavior, proves herself more native there than the regular inhabitants.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    The individual whose vision encompasses the whole world often feels nowhere so hedged in and out of touch with his surroundings as in his native land.
    Emma Goldman (1869–1940)