a person who was born in a particular place
a native of Switzerland
someone who lives in a place all the time or has lived there a long time
He has become a native of Glasgow.
3 [usually plural] not politeSAN
a word used by white people in the past to refer to the people who lived in America, Africa, southern Asia etc before European people arrived, now considered offensive:
• He was not certain whether the natives were friendly.
a plant or animal that grows or lives naturally in a place
The bear was once a native of Britain.