: the source or cause from which something arises;
: that from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is made
- gave her a copy of the report and kept the original
: a work composed firsthand
- This painting is a Van Gogh original.
: 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
: a unique or eccentric person
- Among other comedians he's an original.