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Aboriginal /æbəˈrɪdʒənəl/   

(countable noun, adjective)  Usage note: This is the usual term used by all speakers.

An Indigenous Australian (includes the Torres Strait Islander people of the Islands off Cape York Peninsula in north Queensland). Aboriginal people lived in Australia before white people arrived and today they live all over Australia. Many continue to have strong connections to their lands (or islands) and knowledge systems, despite events in the past that took their lands away from them and affected their lives very badly.

Example: Aboriginal land care methods today vary greatly from traditional Aboriginal land care but address modern issues such as greenhouse gas emission. (

An Aboriginal rock painting in the Northern Territory

(photo by Helene Hipp)