adverb \ə-ˈri-jə-nəl-ē; -ˈrij-nə-lē, -ˈri-jən-\

: in the beginning : when something first happened or began

: in a new, fresh, or original way

Full Definition of ORIGINALLY

archaic :  by origin or derivation :  inherently
:  in the beginning :  in the first place :  initially
:  in a fresh or original manner

Examples of ORIGINALLY

  1. That van originally belonged to us.
  2. The building was originally a school.
  3. They originally planned to fix their old car, but they decided to buy a new one instead.
  4. Originally, the word had a very different meaning from its current meaning.
  5. a New Yorker who is originally from Mexico
  6. She has shown an ability to think originally about ways to improve the company.

First Known Use of ORIGINALLY

14th century


firstly, initially, primarily, at first, to start with


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