|Origin:||natif, from Latin nativus, from natus; NATION|
your native country, town etc is the place where you were born [↪ home]:
countrySAN [only before noun]
They never saw their native land again.
He spent most of his professional life outside his native Poland.
a person or people who come from or have always lived in a particular place
the language you spoke when you first learned to speak [= first language]:
English is not the native language for almost half of our overseas visitors.
growing, living, produced etc in one particular place [= indigenous]:
Singapore has many native species of palm.
These fish are native to North America.
native customs, traditions etc are related to people who lived in a particular country before European people arrived there:
art/customSA [only before noun]
the native traditions of Peru
stalls selling native jewelry
a native ability is one that you have naturally from birth:
natural[only before noun]
her native wit
to behave, dress, or speak like the people who live in the country where you have come to stay or work - used humorously:
Austen has been living in New Guinea so long he's gone native.