One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Born or produced in one's own home, household, or country; native, indigenous; home-grown.
A person born in a particular country, as distinguished from an immigrant or incomer; a native. Also with the and plural concord: native-born people as a class. Now rare.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Harrison (1535–1593), historian and topographer. From home + born.
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