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[ uh-rij-uh-nl-ee ]


  1. with respect to origin; by origin:

    Originally he came from California.

  2. at the beginning; at first:

    Originally this was to be in three volumes.

  3. in the first place; primarily:

    Originally nomads, they first learned agriculture from the missionaries.

  4. in an original, novel, or distinctively individual manner:

    Originally planned houses are much in demand.

  5. Archaic. from the beginning; from the first; inherently.


/ əˈrɪdʒɪnəlɪ /


  1. in the first place
  2. in an original way
  3. with reference to the origin or beginning

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Word History and Origins

Origin of originally1

First recorded in 1480–90; original + -ly

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Example Sentences

Those finds originally formed part of a circle of perhaps 30 to 50 standing stones, the researchers estimate.

The games against Buffalo, originally scheduled for Thursday and Saturday, are off because the Sabres are also dealing with coronavirus issues.

The tournament, scheduled for March 10-14 Lucas Oil Stadium, was originally set to take place in Chicago at the United Center.

The streaming service had originally worked with Musixmatch from 2011 through 2016, before ending that relationship to instead partner with Genius.

Limbaugh-style talk radio was originally a solution to the industry’s technical and business problems.

This article was adapted from one originally published by IranWire.

He was not originally so uninhibited, however, as can now be seen in his “lost” novel, Skylight.

This article is adapted from one by Masud Moheb originally published by IranWire on 26 December 2014.

This article is adapted from one originally published by IranWire.

However, to the right, if the character they love was originally white, then they should stay white forever.

Slate slabs were originally tried for sleepers on the Birmingham and London line.

This young lady had been originally a pupil of Kullak's, and I had heard her play once in his conservatory.

Originally it had been two smallish houses: the two front doors still remained side by side, but only one was used.

All at once they met a large party of friends; those she had originally expected to meet.

Where a great power of Attention has been renewed or originally acquired, it requires considerable effort to continue that power.


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