originally

adverb orig·i·nal·ly \ ə-ˈri-jə-nᵊl-ē ; -ˈrij-nə-lē , -ˈri-jən- \
Updated on: 10 May 2018

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

Examples of originally in a Sentence

  1. That van originally belonged to us.

  2. The building was originally a school.

  3. They originally planned to fix their old car, but they decided to buy a new one instead.

  4. Originally, the word had a very different meaning from its current meaning.

  5. a New Yorker who is originally from Mexico

  6. She has shown an ability to think originally about ways to improve the company.

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First Known Use of originally

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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originally Synonyms

Near Antonyms

finally, lastly, ultimately;

Related Words

incipiently;

primitively;

Phrases

at first, to start with;


ORIGINALLY Defined for English Language Learners

originally

Definition of originally for English Language Learners

  • : in the beginning : when something first happened or began

  • : in a new, fresh, or original way



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