orig·​i·​nal·​ly | \ ə-ˈri-jə-nᵊl-ē How to pronounce originally (audio) ; -ˈrij-nə-lē, -ˈri-jən- \

Definition of originally

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

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Examples of originally in a Sentence

That van originally belonged to us. The building was originally a school. They originally planned to fix their old car, but they decided to buy a new one instead. Originally, the word had a very different meaning from its current meaning. a New Yorker who is originally from Mexico She has shown an ability to think originally about ways to improve the company.
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Recent Examples on the Web This story originally appeared in the February 2022 issue of Allure. Jessica Cruel, Allure, 11 Jan. 2022 The mom of two originally appeared in the first four seasons of Netflix's Full House spinoff, but her college admissions scandal resulted in her not appearing in the fifth and final season. Christina Dugan, PEOPLE.com, 10 Jan. 2022 This article originally appeared in the Texas Tribune. Jolie Mccullough, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Jan. 2022 The article Half of Travelers Have the Same New Year’s Resolution originally appeared on NerdWallet. cleveland, 9 Jan. 2022 This article originally appeared at KTOO.org and is republished here with permission. Jeremy Hsieh, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Jan. 2022 This article originally appeared on Vogue Business. Laure Guilbault, Vogue, 5 Jan. 2022 The photograph originally appeared in The Budgerigar in 2014. John Crowley, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Jan. 2022 This article originally appeared in The New York Times. Erin Woo, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Jan. 2022

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First Known Use of originally

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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16 Jan 2022

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“Originally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/originally. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of originally

: in the beginning : when something first happened or began
: in a new, fresh, or original way

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