orig·​i·​nal·​ly ə-ˈri-jə-nᵊl-ē How to pronounce originally (audio)
archaic : by origin or derivation : inherently
: in the beginning : in the first place : initially
: in a fresh or original manner

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The White House originally anticipated rolling out a finished product much earlier, by the end of 2022. Shannon K. Crawford, ABC News, 12 June 2024 The property was originally purchased in 1941 by Theodore and Martha Lee Klein who primarily used the space for farming and crop cultivation. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 12 June 2024 This story was originally published June 10, 2024, 5:18 PM. Kacen Bayless, Kansas City Star, 11 June 2024 Ajay Rodrigues, originally from India, works in tech and is president of the East Coast Cricket Club. Danish Bajwa, The Christian Science Monitor, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for originally 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Originally.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/originally. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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orig·​i·​nal·​ly ə-ˈrij-ən-ᵊl-ē How to pronounce originally (audio)
: in the beginning : in the first place
: in an original manner

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