- The definition of an original is the earliest form of something, or something different and unique.
- The very first iPod ever created is an example of the original iPod.
- A painting actually painted by Van Gogh, as opposed to a copy or reprint, is an example of an original Van Gogh.
- A person who doesn't follow the crowd but who instead does his own thing is an example of someone who is original.
- having to do with an origin; first; earliest
- never having occurred or existed before; fresh; new; novel
- capable of or given to inventing or creating something new, or thinking or acting in an independent, individual, fresh way
- coming from someone as the originator, maker, author, etc.
- being that from which reproductions, copies, etc. have been made
Origin of originalOld French ; from Classical Latin originalis
- a pristine form or primary type that has given rise to varieties
- an original work, as of art or literature, as distinguished from a reproduction, copy, etc.
- the person or thing represented in a painting or the like
- a person with an original and creative mind
- Archaic an eccentric person
- Archaic an originator
Origin of originalFr < the adj.
- Preceding all others in time; first: Who played the original Dracula?
- a. Not derived from something else; fresh and unusual: an original play, not an adaptation.b. Showing a marked departure from previous practice; new: a truly original approach. See Synonyms at new.
- Productive of new things or new ideas; inventive: an original mind.
- Being the source from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is made.
- A first form or model from which others are made or developed: Later versions of the car retained key features of the original.
- a. An authentic work of art: bought an original, not a print.b. A work that has been composed firsthand or used to make a copy, reproduction, or translation: kept the original but sent a photocopy to his publisher.
- a. A person with a creative or unusual personality.b. A person who is appealingly odd or curious; a character.
- Archaic The source from which something arises; an originator.
Origin of originalMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin orīginālis, from orīgō, orīgin-, source; see origin.
(comparative more original, superlative most original)
- (not comparable) Relating to the origin or beginning; preceding all others.
- the original state of mankind
- the original laws of a country
- the original inventor of a process
- (not comparable) First in a series or copies/versions.
- The original manuscript contained spelling errors which were fixed in later versions.
- This recording is by the original broadway cast.
- (not comparable) Newly created.
- Tonight we will hear an original work by one of our best composers.
- (comparable) Fresh, different.
- The paper contains a number of original ideas about color perception.
- (not comparable) Pioneering.
- Parker was one of the original bebop players.
- (not comparable) Having as its origin.
- This kind of barbecue is original to North Carolina.
- An object or other creation (e.g. narrative work) from which all later copies and variations are derived
- This manuscript is the original
- A person with a unique and interesting personality and/or creative talent
- You’re an original
- (archaic) An eccentric