- 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.
original definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Old 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: Fr < the adj.
original definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Preceding all others in time; first.
- 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 from which other forms are made or developed: Later models of the car retained many features of the original.
- a. An authentic work of art: bought an original, not a print.b. Work that has been composed firsthand: kept the original but sent a photocopy to his publisher.
- A person who is appealingly odd or curious; a character.
- Archaic The source from which something arises; an originator.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin orīginālis, from orīgō, orīgin-, source; see origin.