native (adjective, noun) LISTEN
If something is native, it means that it comes from a place or country.
- That is not a native British tree.
A native is someone who was born in a place or country.
- He’s a native of Boston.
If a language is native, it means that it is the first language (or one of the first languages) that someone learned.
- French is my native language.
If someone has spoken a language all their life, we can say that they are a native speaker. For example, “I learned Italian when I was 10, so I’m not a native speaker.”
In pop culture
Renata Flores Rivera is a singer from Peru. She sings in her native language: Quechua. This is her version of “Fallin'” by Alicia Keys.
There are other meanings of native.