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 The two children, originally from Arizona, have been missing since September. Fox News, "Teen's cell phone found in Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell missing children case: report," 13 Feb. 2020 The Love Equality campaign group said in a statement that Belfast couple Robyn Peoples, 26, a health care worker from the city, and Sharni Edwards, 27, a waitress originally from Brighton, would be the province's first gay couple to wed. NBC News, "Here come the brides in Northern Ireland's first same-sex marriage," 11 Feb. 2020 De La Rue—named for its founder, Thomas de la Rue, a printer originally from Guernsey, in the Channel Islands—has printed British passports for decades. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "Brexit’s Passport to Nowhere," 3 Feb. 2020 Grace Lau, a Phoenix investment adviser originally from Hong Kong who has visited China many times, also doesn't see investment risk as high. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "How will coronavirus affect the stock market? It's risky for health, but probably not your portfolio," 2 Feb. 2020 This article was originally published by Aeon, a digital magazine for ideas and culture. TheWeek, "How William James encourages us to believe in the possible," 2 Feb. 2020 This piece was originally published in the February/March 2020 issue of 1843, our sister magazine of ideas, lifestyle and culture. The Economist, "Stories of an extraordinary world Indian tequila: one man’s quest to perfect a national spirit," 31 Jan. 2020 To promote the book (originally published in 2018), Obama also went on a book tour, unlike most others. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Grammys 2020: Michelle Obama Just Won Her First Grammy Award," 27 Jan. 2020 Though originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Bryant had a 20-year run with the Lakers, and made a home in Southern California. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "How Celebrities Honored Kobe & Gianna Bryant At The 2020 Grammys," 26 Jan. 2020

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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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15 Feb 2020

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“Originally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/originally. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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