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original

[uh-rij-uh-nl] /əˈrɪdʒ ə nl/
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the origin or beginning of something, or to a thing at its beginning:
The book still has its original binding.
2.
new; fresh; inventive; novel:
an original way of advertising.
3.
arising or proceeding independently of anything else:
an original view of history.
4.
capable of or given to thinking or acting in an independent, creative, or individual manner:
an original thinker.
5.
created, undertaken, or presented for the first time:
to give the original performance of a string quartet.
6.
being something from which a copy, a translation, or the like is made:
The original document is in Washington.
noun
7.
a primary form or type from which varieties are derived.
8.
an original work, writing, or the like, as opposed to any copy or imitation:
The original of this is in the British Museum.
9.
the person or thing represented by a picture, description, etc.:
The original is said to have been the painter's own house.
10.
a person whose ways of thinking or acting are original:
In a field of brilliant technicians he is a true original.
11.
Archaic. an eccentric person.
12.
Archaic. a source of being; an author or originator.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Latin orīginālis (adj.) and Medieval Latin orīgināle original document (noun use of neuter adj.), equivalent to orīgin- (see origin) + -ālis -al1
Related forms
nonoriginal, adjective, noun
nonoriginally, adverb
preoriginal, adjective
preoriginally, adverb
quasi-original, adjective
quasi-originally, adverb
unoriginal, adjective
unoriginally, adverb
Synonyms
1. primary, primordial, primeval, primitive, aboriginal. 7. archetype, pattern, prototype, model.
Antonyms
7. copy.
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Examples for originals
  • These were broadly faithful to the originals and were quite wellreceived.
British Dictionary definitions for originals

original

/əˈrɪdʒɪnəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to an origin or beginning
2.
fresh and unusual; novel
3.
able to think of or carry out new ideas or concepts
4.
being that from which a copy, translation, etc, is made
noun
5.
the first and genuine form of something, from which others are derived
6.
a person or thing used as a model in art or literature
7.
a person whose way of thinking is unusual or creative
8.
an unconventional or strange person
9.
the first form or occurrence of something
10.
an archaic word for originator See originator
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Word Origin and History for originals
original
early 14c., from L. originalis, from originem (nom. origo) "beginning, source, birth," from oriri "to rise" (see orchestra). The first reference is in original sin "innate depravity of man's nature," supposed to be inherited from Adam in consequence of the Fall. Related: Originally.
original
"original text," late 14c., from M.L. originale (see original (adj.)). Of photographs, films, sound recordings, etc., from 1918.
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