originality

play
noun orig·i·nal·i·ty \ə-ˌri-jə-ˈna-lə-tē\

Definition of originality

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being original

  2. 2 :  freshness of aspect, design, or style

  3. 3 :  the power of independent thought or constructive imagination

Examples of originality in a Sentence

  1. Critics have praised the movie's startling originality.

  2. I was amazed by the originality of her ideas.

1742

First Known Use of originality

1742


ORIGINALITY Defined for English Language Learners

originality

play
noun orig·i·nal·i·ty \ə-ˌri-jə-ˈna-lə-tē\

Definition of originality for English Language Learners

  • : the quality of being new and different in a good and appealing way


ORIGINALITY Defined for Kids

originality

play
noun orig·i·nal·i·ty \ə-ˌri-jə-ˈna-lə-tē\

Definition of originality for Students

  1. :  the quality or state of being creative or new and different


Law Dictionary

originality

noun orig·i·nal·i·ty

Legal Definition of originality

  1. :  the quality or fact of being the product of individual creation that warrants copyright protection for a particular work regardless of novelty



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up originality? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

an exhausted condition

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • peter-bruegel-tower-of-babel-painting
  • What language does pajama come from?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!