original

noun
orig·​i·​nal | \ ə-ˈri-jə-nᵊl How to pronounce original (audio) , -ˈrij-nəl\

Definition of original

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1 archaic : the source or cause from which something arises specifically : originator
2a : that from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is made gave her a copy of the report and kept the original
b : a work composed firsthand This painting is a Van Gogh original.
3a : a person of fresh initiative or inventive capacity an original among popular pianists, combining jazz and romantic techniques in an unusually effective manner— Douglas Watt
b : a unique or eccentric person Among other comedians he's an original.

original

adjective

Definition of original (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, or constituting an origin or beginning : initial the original part of the house
2a : 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 : independent and creative in thought or action : inventive an original artist

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Synonyms & Antonyms for original

Synonyms: Noun

archetype, prototype

Synonyms: Adjective

earliest, first, foremost, headmost, inaugural, initial, leadoff, maiden, pioneer, premier, virgin

Antonyms: Adjective

final, last, latest, latter, terminal, terminating, ultimate

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Adjective

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

Examples of original in a Sentence

Noun

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

Adjective

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

That's an increase in pricing over the original's $450, but also a considerable upgrade. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "HP's high-res Reverb VR headset blows the screen door effect off its hinges," 19 Mar. 2019 Renzo Piano, a native of Genoa and the renowned architect behind the new Whitney Museum and the Shard in London, donated a design for the new bridge that will be built after demolition of the original is finished. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Renzo Piano reveals design to replace collapsed Genoa bridge," 21 Dec. 2018 Here's which albums (all originals) Neiheisel says are most valuable: 1. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "These Are the 10 Most Valuable Vinyl Records You Could Own," 1 Mar. 2019 And even wilder, anyone who backed the original Hollow Knight on Kickstarter will receive Silksong for free. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Hollow Knight gets a sequel, Neill Blomkamp makes a live-action Anthem trailer," 15 Feb. 2019 Unlike the originals, these compact tins use sorbitol in place of sugar and come in a more pocket-friendly size. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 8 Best Breath Mints to Carry Around With You All Day," 7 Dec. 2018 Where some see an English original, others see a clown. Karla Adam, Washington Post, "Boris Johnson and ‘Brexit minister’ resign, leaving Theresa May’s government in disarray," 9 July 2018 No fakes guarantee Weeding out replica sneakers from authentic originals is key to StockX's business model. Jc Reindl, Detroit Free Press, "Fast-growing Detroit startup StockX sniffs out fake sneakers," 9 July 2018 Today, Korus and Nafta have been replaced by updated agreements (one not yet ratified) that look much like the originals. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Trump Didn’t Kill the Global Trade System. He Split It in Two.," 26 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Rita Moreno, who played Anita in the original film, is back as an executive producer. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About the "West Side Story" Remake," 17 Apr. 2019 The Silence: A Quiet Place meets Chilling Adventures of Sabrina in this Netflix original horror film. Streaming on Netflix Thursday, April 11 Black Summer: The first season of this zombie apocalypse thriller series is dropping today. Glamour, "These 9 TV Shows and Movies Are Better Than Any of Your Plans This Week," 7 Apr. 2019 But the story told in the 2018 version of the film is far from the one told in the original film (or the other two remakes, for that matter). Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "What Is 'A Star Is Born' Really About? Here's a Look at All 4 Versions of the Movie," 24 Feb. 2019 An original, silver gelatin print by Adams is truly a sight to behold. WSJ, "Photography Is Still Shaped By Ansel Adams’s Vision," 21 Dec. 2018 The Cinema Guild Every week, new original films debut on Netflix and other streaming services, often to much less fanfare than their big-screen counterparts. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Before you see Welcome to Marwen, stream the documentary about the true story behind it," 21 Dec. 2018 There’s @TunaMeltsMyHeart, a chihuahua-dachshund mix with an overbite and 2 million followers; @BertiebertthePom, a photogenic Pomeranian with fur that seems heaven sent; and @Crusoe_Dachshund, who stars in his own original short films. Nicolas Heller, Vogue, "It’s Hard Out There for a Pet Influencer," 20 Dec. 2018 Though Brodzki, who is now 93, perhaps would have loved to see his modernist masterpiece live on in its original form, there’s something very cool about letting a new generation of people enjoy its beauty. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "This Brutalist masterpiece is now a gorgeous coworking space," 12 Dec. 2018 Much like in the original film, the lead character Grace uses a resurrection spell to bring Eve, an iconic doll produced by Marathon Toys, to life. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Why Does Life-Size 2 Promote The Most Dangerous Mistake Homeowners Can Make?," 4 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of original

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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original

noun

English Language Learners Definition of original

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

original

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of original (Entry 2 of 2)

: happening or existing first or at the beginning
: made or produced first : not a copy, translation, etc.
: not like others : new, different, and appealing

original

adjective
orig·​i·​nal | \ ə-ˈri-jə-nᵊl How to pronounce original (audio) \

Kids Definition of original

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the source or beginning : first My room is in the original part of an old house.
2 : not copied from anything else : not translated : new an original painting an original idea
3 : able to think up new things : creative

Other Words from original

originally adverb

original

noun

Kids Definition of original (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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.

original

noun
orig·​i·​nal

Legal Definition of original

1 : that from which a copy or reproduction is made both parties signed the original — compare duplicate
2 : a work composed firsthand as the product of an author's creativity

Note: A work must be an original in order to obtain a copyright.

Other Words from original

original adjective

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