na·tive / ˈnātiv/ • n. a person born in a specified place or associated with a place by birth, whether subsequently resident there or not: a native of Montreal | an eighteen-year-old Brooklyn native. ∎ a local inhabitant: New York in the summer was too hot even for the natives. ∎ dated, often offens. one of the original inhabitants of a country, esp. a nonwhite as regarded by European colonists or travelers. ∎ an animal or plant indigenous to a place: the marigold is a native of southern Europe.• adj. 1. associated with the country, region, or circumstances of a person's birth: he's a native New Yorker | her native country. ∎ of the indigenous inhabitants of a place: a ceremonial native dance from Fiji.2. (of a plant or animal) of indigenous origin or growth: pigs are native to China | America's native black bear.3. (of a quality) belonging to a person's character from birth rather than acquired; innate: some last vestige of native wit prompted Guy to say nothing | a jealousy and rage native to him. ∎ Comput. designed for or built into a given system, esp. denoting the language associated with a given processor, computer, or compiler, and programs written in it.4. (of a metal or other mineral) found in a pure or uncombined state.PHRASES: go native humorous or derog. (of a person living away from their own country or region) abandon one's own culture, customs, or way of life and adopt those of the country or region one is living in.DERIVATIVES: na·tive·ly adv.na·tive·ness n.