Original definition

ə-rĭjə-nəl
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Preceding all others in time; first.

Who played the original Dracula?

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A first form or model from which others are made or developed.

Later versions of the car retained key features of the original.

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The person or thing represented in a painting or the like.
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Having to do with an origin; first; earliest.
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Capable of or given to inventing or creating something new, or thinking or acting in an independent, individual, fresh way.
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Being that from which reproductions, copies, etc. have been made.
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Productive of new things or new ideas; inventive.

An original mind.

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Never having occurred or existed before; fresh; new; novel.
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Coming from someone as the originator, maker, author, etc.
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A pristine form or primary type that has given rise to varieties.
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An original work, as of art or literature, as distinguished from a reproduction, copy, etc.
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A person with an original and creative mind.
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(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.

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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.

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Being the source from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is made.
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Not derived from something else; fresh and unusual.

An original play, not an adaptation.

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Showing a marked departure from previous practice; new.

A truly original approach.

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(archaic) The source from which something arises; an originator.
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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.

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A person with a creative or unusual personality.
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A person who is appealingly odd or curious; a character.
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(archaic) An originator.
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An eccentric person.
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(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.

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(not comparable) Newly created.

Tonight we will hear an original work by one of our best composers.

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(comparable) Fresh, different.

The paper contains a number of original ideas about color perception.

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(not comparable) Pioneering.

Parker was one of the original bebop players.

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(not comparable) Having as its origin.

This kind of barbecue is original to North Carolina.

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An object or other creation (e.g. narrative work) from which all later copies and variations are derived.

This manuscript is the original.

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A person with a unique and interesting personality and/or creative talent.

You're an original.

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(archaic) An eccentric.
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An authentic work of art.

Bought an original, not a print.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
original
Plural:
originals

Origin of original

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin orīginālis from orīgō orīgin- source origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English original, from Old French original, from Late Latin originalis (“primitive, original"), from Latin origo (“beginning, source, origin"); see origin.

    From Wiktionary