with respect to origin; by origin: Originally he came from California.
at the origin; at first: Originally this was to be in three volumes.
in the first place; primarily: Originally nomads, they first learned agriculture from the missionaries.
in an original, novel, or distinctively individual manner: Originally planned houses are much in demand.
Archaic. from the beginning; from the first; inherently.

Origin of originally

First recorded in 1480–90; original + -ly
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Related Words for originally

basically, formerly, primitively, first, primarily, incipiently

Examples from the Web for originally

Contemporary Examples of originally

Historical Examples of originally

  • The Law of God was originally written in man's heart at creation.

  • There is no map that shows these roads as they originally were, but the changes are not so many as you might think.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • Perhaps this had originally been the mainspring of the understanding between them.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • Silchester was originally a British stronghold, and was called by them Calleva.

    English Villages

    P. H. Ditchfield

  • But who made them, and for what purpose were they originally made?


    Theodor Hertzka

British Dictionary definitions for originally



in the first place
in an original way
with reference to the origin or beginning
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