Definitions for originalityəˌrɪdʒ əˈnæl ɪ ti

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•rig•i•nal•i•tyəˌrɪdʒ əˈnæl ɪ ti(n.)

  1. the quality or state of being original.

  2. the ability to think or express oneself in an independent and individual manner; creative ability.

  3. freshness or novelty, as of an idea, method, or performance.

Origin of originality:

1735–45; < F originalité

Princeton's WordNet

  1. originality(noun)

    the ability to think and act independently

  2. originality(noun)

    the quality of being new and original (not derived from something else)

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. originality(noun)əˌrɪdʒ əˈnæl ɪ ti

    the quality of being unique and unlike anything else

    You score points for originality as well as accuracy.


  1. originality(Noun)

    The quality of being original or novel.

  2. originality(Noun)

    The capacity to think independently or be inventive.

  3. originality(Noun)

    Something original.


  1. Originality

    Originality is the aspect of created or invented works by as being new or novel, and thus can be distinguished from reproductions, clones, forgeries, or derivative works. An original work is one not received from others nor one copied based on the work of others. It is a work created with a unique style and substance. The term "originality" is often applied as a compliment to the creativity of artists, writers, and thinkers. The idea of originality as we know it was invented by Romanticism, with a notion that is often called romantic originality. The concept of originality is culturally contingent. It became an ideal in Western culture starting from the 18th century. In contrast, at the time of Shakespeare it was common to appreciate more the similarity with an admired classical work, and Shakespeare himself avoided "unnecessary invention".

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His writing shows originality.

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