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original

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

Simple Definition of original

  • : 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

  1. 1 archaic :  the source or cause from which something arises; specifically :  originator

  2. 2 a :  that from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is made b :  a work composed firsthand

  3. 3 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.



14th Century

First Known Use of original

14th century


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original

adjective orig·i·nal

Simple Definition of original

  • : 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

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or constituting an origin or beginning :  initial <the original part of the house>

  2. 2 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

  3. 3 :  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.



14th Century

First Known Use of original

14th century

Synonym Discussion of original

new, novel, original, fresh mean having recently come into existence or use. new may apply to what is freshly made and unused <new brick> or has not been known before <new designs> or not experienced before <starts the new job>. novel applies to what is not only new but strange or unprecedented <a novel approach to the problem>. original applies to what is the first of its kind to exist <a man without one original idea>. fresh applies to what has not lost its qualities of newness such as liveliness, energy, brightness <a fresh start>.


ORIGINAL Defined for Kids

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original

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adjective orig·i·nal \ə-ˈri-jə-nəl\

Definition of original

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the source or beginning :  first <My room is in the original part of an old house.>

  2. 2 :  not copied from anything else :  not translated :  new <an original painting> <an original idea>

  3. 3 :  able to think up new things :  creative

orig·i·nal·ly adverb



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original

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noun orig·i·nal

Definition of original

  1. :  something that is produced by an artist or writer and from which a copy or translation can be made <The paintings are originals.> <She read the Russian novel in the original.>





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