noun orig·i·nal \ə-ˈrij-ə-nəl, -ˈrij-nəl\

: a document, film, painting, etc., which is created by someone and from which a copy or translation is made

: a person who is different from other people in an appealing or interesting way

Full Definition of ORIGINAL

archaic :  the source or cause from which something arises; specifically :  originator
a :  that from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is made
b :  a work composed firsthand
a :  a person of fresh initiative or inventive capacity
b :  a unique or eccentric person

Examples of ORIGINAL

  1. I gave her a copy of the report and kept the original.
  2. This isn't a reprint, it's an original.
  3. Compared to other actresses of her generation, she is a true original.

First Known Use of ORIGINAL

14th century



: happening or existing first or at the beginning

: made or produced first : not a copy, translation, etc.

: not like others : new, different, and appealing

Full Definition of ORIGINAL

:  of, relating to, or constituting an origin or beginning :  initial <the original part of the house>
a :  not secondary, derivative, or imitative <an original composition>
b :  being the first instance or source from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is or can be made
:  independent and creative in thought or action :  inventive <an original artist>

Examples of ORIGINAL

  1. Their original idea was to fix their old car, but they decided to buy a new one instead.
  2. The word's original meaning was very different from its current meaning.
  3. I gave her a copy and kept the original document myself.
  4. The book has been translated into English from the original Spanish.
  5. The concept is very original.
  6. The car has a highly original design.
  7. She has a very original and creative mind.
  8. He is admired as an original American composer.

First Known Use of ORIGINAL

14th century
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