:the source or cause from which something arises;
:that from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is made
- gave her a copy of the report and kept the original
:a work composed firsthand
- This painting is a Van Gogh original.
: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
:a unique or eccentric person
- Among other comedians he's an original.