follow Dictionary.com

Capitol vs. capital? What's the difference?

originally

[uh-rij-uh-nl-ee] /əˈrɪdʒ ə nl i/
adverb
1.
with respect to origin; by origin:
Originally he came from California.
2.
at the origin; 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.
Origin of originally
1480-1490
1480-90; original + -ly
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for originally
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • "Armarium" was to called because it was originally a place for keeping arms.

  • 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
  • I believe he expected to be kissed on both cheeks, as he probably had been when the medal was originally bestowed upon him.

    I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith
  • Perhaps this had originally been the mainspring of the understanding between them.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Except as noted below, spelling and punctuation have been left as they originally appeared.

British Dictionary definitions for originally

originally

/əˈrɪdʒɪnəlɪ/
adverb
1.
in the first place
2.
in an original way
3.
with reference to the origin or beginning
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for originally

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for originally

14
17
Scrabble Words With Friends