orig·​i·​na·​tor ə-ˈri-jə-ˌnā-tər How to pronounce originator (audio)
plural originators
: someone or something that originates or gives rise to something
the originator of the idea/theory
a technique named after its originator
Persia was the originator of melons, cucumbers, and pears.Carol Bly

Examples of originator in a Sentence

Thomas Edison was the originator of the light bulb Copernicus is sometimes hailed as the originator of modern astronomy, for he overturned the notion of an earth-centered universe
Recent Examples on the Web The rise of artificial intelligence may be inevitable but that does not mean that the originators of the content should not expect adequate compensation. The Editorial Board, Orange County Register, 3 May 2024 Netanyahu was the originator of this assumption, and its biggest proponent. Anshel Pfeffer, The Atlantic, 27 Mar. 2024 Most recently, Benz was the originator of the conspiracy theory that Taylor Swift is part of a Pentagon psychological operation to influence the election. Brandy Zadrozny, NBC News, 23 Mar. 2024 The company is the originator of progressive Irish dance, pushing the boundaries of a traditional form through a performing arts lens. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 15 Mar. 2024 As some of the originators of the South’s signature Hip-Hop sound, both Jermaine Dupri and Uncle Luke know more than a thing or two about the spirit of Freaknik. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 21 Mar. 2024 Buddy’s Pizza opens 23rd location The expansion of hometown Detroit-style pizza originator Buddy Pizza continues. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 28 Feb. 2024 Grande is inheriting the role of Glinda from Broadway originator Kristin Chenoweth, who gave her a stamp of approval when the movie’s casting was announced in 2021. Jack Smart, Peoplemag, 27 Feb. 2024 We are blessed and stuck with this piece, a flawed classic that exemplifies our nation’s unsettled relationship with the originators of African American music and technique. Ethan Iverson, New York Times, 26 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of originator was in 1785

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“Originator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/originator. Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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