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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Synonyms for originally


firstly, initially, primarily

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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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Andrew is the lead singer and guitarist in a band named Sevener, which originally began as a three-piece show called Andrew Sevener Trio in 2018. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Everything to Know About 'The Voice' Finalist Andrew Sevener," 20 May 2019 This article originally appeared in the June 2019 issue of Woman's Day. Joy Bauer, Ms, Woman's Day, "The Best Foods to Fuel Your Workout," 20 May 2019 The parts were originally revealed on a Supra TRD Performance Line concept for the specialty auto show at Osaka, Japan. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, "Toyota Releases TRD Performance Styling Parts for the 2020 Supra," 20 May 2019 The 10 Essentials is a list of emergency provisions originally created by Pacific Northwest hiking and conservation non-profit The Mountaineers. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "14 Essential Hiking Safety Tips You Should Always Follow," 10 May 2019 Bravo has confirmed her purchase of a nearly $3 million mansion in the Hamptons that was originally built in 1910. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Real Housewives Star Bethenny Frankel Reveals Her Secret Side Hustle on Instagram," 4 Apr. 2019 The scene evoked a decadent fashion fantasy fit for a queen—probably because the sprawling space, known as the Pink House, was originally built in the image of Marie Antoinette’s Petit Trianon in Versailles. Neesha Arter, Vogue, "Lottie Moss, Christina Ricci, and More Checked Into Roger Vivier’s Make-Believe Hotel," 3 Apr. 2019 While it was originally set to air on March 26, the new finale date will be April 2 at 9 p.m. ET. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'This Is Us' Fans Are Fuming After New Season 3 Episode and Finale Are Delayed," 30 Jan. 2019 Still others looked to Dreamwidth, a blogging platform built on LiveJournal’s open source code that was originally built in 2008 in response to LiveJournal’s demise. Aja Romano, Vox, "Tumblr’s adult content ban is already harming the site’s vibrant community.," 5 Dec. 2018

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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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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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a strong desire or propensity

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