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original

noun orig·i·nal \ ə-ˈri-jə-nᵊl , -ˈrij-nəl \

Definition of original

1 archaic :the source or cause from which something arises; specifically :originator
2 a :that from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is made
  • gave her a copy of the report and kept the original
b :a work composed firsthand
  • This painting is a Van Gogh original.
3 a :a person of fresh initiative or inventive capacity
  • an original among popular pianists, combining jazz and romantic techniques in an unusually effective manner
  • —Douglas Watt
b :a unique or eccentric person
  • Among other comedians he's an original.

Examples of original in a Sentence

  1. I gave her a copy of the report and kept the original.

  2. This isn't a reprint, it's an original.

  3. Compared to other actresses of her generation, she is a true original.

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First Known Use of original

14th century


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original

adjective

Definition of original

1 :of, relating to, or constituting an origin or beginning :initial
  • the original part of the house
2 a :not secondary, derivative, or imitative
  • an original composition
b :being the first instance or source from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is or can be made
3 :independent and creative in thought or action :inventive
  • an original artist

Examples of original in a Sentence

  1. Their original idea was to fix their old car, but they decided to buy a new one instead.

  2. The word's original meaning was very different from its current meaning.

  3. I gave her a copy and kept the original document myself.

  4. The book has been translated into English from the original Spanish.

  5. The concept is very original.

  6. The car has a highly original design.

  7. She has a very original and creative mind.

  8. He is admired as an original American composer.

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First Known Use of original

14th century

Synonym Discussion of original

new, novel, original, fresh mean having recently come into existence or use. new may apply to what is freshly made and unused
    • new brick
or has not been known before
    • new designs
or not experienced before.
    • starts the new job
novel applies to what is not only new but strange or unprecedented.
    • a novel approach to the problem
original applies to what is the first of its kind to exist.
    • a man without one original idea
fresh applies to what has not lost its qualities of newness such as liveliness, energy, brightness.
    • a fresh start


ORIGINAL Defined for English Language Learners

original

noun

Definition of original for English Language Learners

  • : a document, film, painting, etc., which is created by someone and from which a copy or translation is made

  • : a person who is different from other people in an appealing or interesting way


original

adjective

Definition of original for English Language Learners

  • : happening or existing first or at the beginning

  • : made or produced first : not a copy, translation, etc.

  • : not like others : new, different, and appealing


ORIGINAL Defined for Kids

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original

adjective orig·i·nal \ ə-ˈri-jə-nᵊl \

Definition of original for Students

1 :of or relating to the source or beginning :first
  • My room is in the original part of an old house.
2 :not copied from anything else :not translated :new
  • an original painting
  • an original idea
3 :able to think up new things :creative

originally

adverb

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original

noun

Definition of original for Students

:something that is produced by an artist or writer and from which a copy or translation can be made
  • The paintings are originals.
  • She read the Russian novel in the original.

Law Dictionary

original

noun orig·i·nal

legal Definition of original

1 :that from which a copy or reproduction is made
  • both parties signed the original
— compare duplicate
2 :a work composed firsthand as the product of an author's creativity
Note: A work must be an original in order to obtain a copyright.

original

adjective


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