natural-born

natural-born
adj
1. Being a (citizen) because you were born in the country.

Mr. and Mrs. Schmidt came to the United States from Germany and are naturalized citizens but their children are natural-born citizens.

2. Born with great ability to become (smth); having great ability (as in a sport or art) almost from the start.

Joe had never played baseball before trying out for the team but he showed that he was a natural-born pitcher and he became the best in the league.

Mozart was a natural-born musician. He could play the piano well when he was only six years old.


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