Definitions for originaləˈrɪdʒ ə nl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•rig•i•naləˈrɪdʒ ə nl(adj.)

  1. belonging or pertaining to the origin or beginning of something.

  2. arising or proceeding independently; inventive; novel:

    an original idea.

  3. capable of or given to thinking or acting in an independent, creative, or individual manner:

    an original thinker.

  4. created, undertaken, or presented for the first time:

    the original performance of a play.

  5. being that from which a copy, translation, or the like is made.

  6. (n.)a primary form or type from which varieties are derived.

  7. an original work, document, or the like, as opposed to a copy or imitation.

  8. the person or thing represented by a picture, description, etc.

  9. a person whose ways of thinking or acting are original.

  10. Archaic. an eccentric person.

  11. Archaic. a source of being; an author or originator.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. master, master copy, original(noun)

    an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made

  2. original, archetype, pilot(adj)

    something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies

    "this painting is a copy of the original"

  3. original(adj)

    preceding all others in time or being as first made or performed

    "the original inhabitants of the Americas"; "the book still has its original binding"; "restored the house to its original condition"; "the original performance of the opera"; "the original cast"; "retracted his original statement"

  4. original(adj)

    (of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary

    "his work is based on only original, not secondary, sources"

  5. original(adj)

    being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of

    "a truly original approach"; "with original music"; "an original mind"

  6. original(adj)

    not derived or copied or translated from something else

    "the play is original; not an adaptation"; "he kept the original copy and gave her only a xerox"; "the translation misses much of the subtlety of the original French"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. original(adjective)əˈrɪdʒ ə nl

    coming or existing first

    original documents, not copies; The original story had a different ending.

  2. originaləˈrɪdʒ ə nl

    unique and unlike anything else

    a highly original design

  3. originaləˈrɪdʒ ə nl

    (of a piece of art) done by the artist, not copied

    The original work was stolen.

  4. original(noun)əˈrɪdʒ ə nl

    the first of sth from which copies are made

    You have to send the original, they won't accept photocopies.


  1. original(Noun)

    An object or other creation (e.g. narrative work) from which all later copies and variations are derived

    This manuscript is the original

  2. original(Noun)

    A person with a unique and interesting personality and/or creative talent

    Youu2019re an original

  3. original(Noun)

    An eccentric

  4. original(Adjective)

    First in a series or copies/versions

  5. original(Adjective)

    Newly created

    Tonight we will hear an original work by one of our best composers.

  6. original(Adjective)

    Fresh, different

    The paper contains a number of original ideas about color perception.

  7. original(Adjective)


    Parker was one of the original bebop players.

  8. original(Adjective)

    Having as its origin

    This kind of barbecue is original to North Carolina.

  9. Origin: From original, from original, from originalis, from origo; see origin.


  1. Original

    "Original" is a song by Leftfield, released as the sixth single under that name. The song was released on 12" and CD on 13 March 1995. It featured Toni Halliday on vocals. The song gave the group their first appearance on Top of the Pops and reached #18 in the UK charts. The beginning of the song is used often on the UK version of Big Brother.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'original' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #904

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'original' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1500

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'original' in Adjectives Frequency: #106

Translations for original

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


existing at the beginning; first

This part of the house is new but the rest is original.

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