belonging or pertaining to the origin or beginning of something, or to a thing at its beginning: The book still has its original binding.
arising or proceeding independently of anything else: an original view of history.
capable of or given to thinking or acting in an independent, creative, or individual manner: an original thinker.
created, undertaken, or presented for the first time: to give the original performance of a string quartet.
being something from which a copy, a translation, or the like is made: The original document is in Washington.
a primary form or type from which varieties are derived.
an original work, writing, or the like, as opposed to any copy or imitation: The original of this is in the British Museum.
the person or thing represented by a picture, description, etc.: The original is said to have been the painter's own house.
a person whose ways of thinking or acting are original: In a field of brilliant technicians he is a true original.
Archaic. an eccentric person.
Archaic. a source of being; an author or originator.
Orīginālis is a derivative of the noun orīgō (inflectional stem orīgin- ) “beginning, first appearance, starting point.” Orīgō is a compound whose main element is the verb orīrī “(of the sun or moon) to rise, get out of bed, begin (an activity), sprout, spring up.” The present participle of orīrī is oriēns (inflectional stem orient- ) “the rising sun, daybreak, the east,” and is the ultimate source of English orient.
The earliest sense of original was “belonging or pertaining to the origin or beginning of something”; the meaning “new, inventive, novel” dates from the mid-18th century.
- non·o·rig·i·nal, adjective, noun
- non·o·rig·i·nal·ly, adverb
- pre·o·rig·i·nal, adjective
- pre·o·rig·i·nal·ly, adverb
- qua·si-o·rig·i·nal, adjective
- qua·si-o·rig·i·nal·ly, adverb
- un·o·rig·i·nal, adjective
- un·o·rig·i·nal·ly, adverb
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How to use original in a sentence
Since the original Gravity Blanket was rolled out, the company has continued to invest in sleep wellness and relaxation.Best weighted blanket: Sleep like a baby with our comfy bedding picks | PopSci Commerce Team | February 12, 2021 | Popular-Science
This includes how to find the original source of a video, with tools such as reverse-image search.Introducing #DIYFactCheck, a project from The Fact Checker | Nadine Ajaka, Elyse Samuels, Sarah Cahlan | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Charlotte’s unwavering belief in love drives the series forward, despite her original rigid set of rules about how love could unfold.This Valentine’s Day, we couldn’t help but wonder, which ‘Sex and the City’ character will you most eat like? | Kari Sonde | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Earlier this month, for example, CNN announced it had ended a deal with Facebook to air original shows like its daily live news program “Go There” on the platform.Media Briefing: Facebook pivots away from politics –publishers say ‘we’re just along for the ride’ | Tim Peterson | February 11, 2021 | Digiday
Subsequent editions restored a degree of the volume’s original voice, with a 2019 edition bearing the names of Irma Rombauer, Marion Rombauer Becker and Ethan Becker, along with Irma Rombauer’s great-grandson, John Becker, and his wife Megan Scott.Maria Guarnaschelli, influential cookbook editor, dies at 79 | Emily Langer | February 11, 2021 | Washington Post
Music is a huge part of the tone of Black Dynamite overall—going back to the original 2009 movie on which the series is based.‘Black Dynamite’ Presents Police Brutality: The Musical | Stereo Williams | January 9, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
This is a Hollywood director at the height of his powers creating original, wildly ambitious epics.Oscars 2015: The Daily Beast’s Picks, From Scarlett Johansson to ‘Boyhood’ | Marlow Stern | January 6, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was original in how it treated Nixon and his connection to the right before 1968.
Obviously, not all the original cast can come back or even have the desire.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones) | Rich Goldstein | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yes, the original Bond, as imagined by Ian Fleming, was obviously white.
She was also supposed to be the original or model of “the Virtuous Woman” therein portrayed!Solomon and Solomonic Literature | Moncure Daniel Conway
Frequently they are found in alveolar arrangement, retaining the original outline of the alveoli of the lung (Fig. 4, b).A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Man's enthusiasm in praise of a fellow mortal, is soon damped by the original sin of his nature—rebellious pride!The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
Inconsistent hyphenation and inconsistent use of -ise and -ize spellings have been left as in the original.Assimilative Memory | Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)
An extraordinary eruption of mount Vesuvius commenced, which in ten days had advanced ten miles from its original source.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
British Dictionary definitions for original
of or relating to an origin or beginning
fresh and unusual; novel
able to think of or carry out new ideas or concepts
being that from which a copy, translation, etc, is made
the first and genuine form of something, from which others are derived
a person or thing used as a model in art or literature
a person whose way of thinking is unusual or creative
an unconventional or strange person
the first form or occurrence of something
an archaic word for originator: See originator
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