original

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

Essential Meaning of original

1 : happening or existing first or at the beginning 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. See More ExamplesThat piece of furniture is still in its original condition. [=the furniture is in the same condition it was in when we first bought it] We were the original [=first] owners of that van.Hide
2 : made or produced first : not a copy, translation, etc. I gave her a copy and kept the original document myself. The book has been translated into English from the original Spanish.
3 : not like others : new, different, and appealing The concept is very original. The car has a highly original design.

Full Definition of original

 (Entry 1 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

original

noun

Definition of original (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : 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.
2a : 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.
3 archaic : the source or cause from which something arises specifically : originator

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Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Adjective

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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

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. 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This article has been updated with new information since its original publish date. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, 6 Sep. 2021 According to USA Today, the original story, which dates back to the Great Depression, involves a resourceful mom and her seven-year-old son, who has started questioning whether Santa exists. Jill Gleeson, Country Living, 5 Sep. 2021 The musician has offered no explanation for the puzzling image, which could allude to anything from the sprawling LP’s Labor Day weekend release to the nearly nine months that have passed since its original due date. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2021 Essie Davis, Andrew Lincoln, and Hannah Galway star; Jennifer Kent writes and directs (based on an original story by Guillermo del Toro). Justin Curto, Vulture, 2 Sep. 2021 Creativity is part of the original story of marketing and it’s also a key pillar of innovation. Brian Solis, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Her original story was much more elaborate and had a squirrel family in it as well. Lacey Vorrasi-banis, EW.com, 31 Aug. 2021 On one hand, the company could stick to its original release date, but warn customers about the limited supply. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 31 Aug. 2021 The mini watch fair, which was postponed due to Covid restrictions from its original date scheduled for earlier this month, takes place today through September 3rd in Switzerland and will play host to a total of 23 watchmaking houses. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 30 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With a few months to go until the movie's release, now is a great time to relive the 1961 original, which stars Natalie Wood as Maria, and Richard Beymer as Tony. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 7 Sep. 2021 The choice to cut the second, weakest episode of the six-part original, paring the HBO version down to five hours, is a good one. Judy Berman, Time, 4 Sep. 2021 The unfortunate side was due to different cities lifting restrictions at different times forced us to move the [original] Louisville [show date], which is a bit of a shame ... Gabrielle Bunton, The Courier-Journal, 2 Sep. 2021 The attraction, built to one-third scale of the Paris original, is getting a new paint job in preparation for the anniversary year. Susan Glaser, cleveland, 2 Sep. 2021 The poppy original was remixed by Kelly Lee Owens, Paul Woolford and Zookëper, among others. Gordon Murray, Billboard, 2 Sep. 2021 The Continuation has an electric cooling fan for its radiator and has also been given a slightly smaller steering wheel, most drivers struggling to fit themselves around the massive original. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, 2 Sep. 2021 Doing so, the company argues, can place liability for modifications made to an AI system on the business or entity that makes the change rather than the company that created the original. Khari Johnson, Wired, 1 Sep. 2021 The Disney+ original will feature intimate performances of every song from Eilish’s album of the same name, which came out in July. Tim Chan, Rolling Stone, 1 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of original

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of original was in the 14th century

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“Original.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/original. Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

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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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