What does ORIGINAL mean?

Definitions for ORIGINAL
əˈrɪdʒ ə nlorig·i·nal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. master, master copy, originalnoun

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

  2. original, archetype, pilotadjective

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

    "this painting is a copy of the original"

  3. originaladjective

    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. originaladjective

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

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

  5. originaladjective

    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. originaladjective

    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"


  1. originalnoun

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

    This manuscript is the original

  2. originalnoun

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

    You're an original

  3. originalnoun

    An eccentric

  4. originaladjective

    First in a series or copies/versions

  5. originaladjective

    Newly created

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

  6. originaladjective

    Fresh, different

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

  7. originaladjective


    Parker was one of the original bebop players.

  8. originaladjective

    Having as its origin

    This kind of barbecue is original to North Carolina.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ORIGINALadjective

    Primitive; pristine; first.

    Etymology: originel, Fr. originalis, Latin.

    The original question was, whether God by this law hath forbidden the giving any worship to himself by an image? Edward Stillingfleet, on Idolatry.

    Had Adam obeyed God, his original perfection, the knowledge and ability God at first gave him, would still have continued. William Wake, Prep. for Death.

    You still, fair mother, in your offspring trace
    The stock of beauty destin’d for the race;
    Kind nature, forming them the pattern took,
    From heav’n’s first work, and Eve’s original look. Matthew Prior.

  2. Origin, Originalnoun

    Etymology: origine, Fr. origo, Lat.

    The sacred historian only treats of the origins of terrestrial animals. Richard Bentley, Sermons.

    Nature which contemns its origin,
    Cannot be border’d certain in itself. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    If any station upon earth be honourable, theirs was; and their posterity therefore have no reason to blush at the memory of such an original. Francis Atterbury.

    Original of beings! pow’r divine!
    Since that I live and that I think, is thine. Matthew Prior.

    These great orbs,
    Primitive founts, and origins of light. Matthew Prior.

    Compare this translation with the original, and the three first stanzas are rendered almost word for word, and not only with the same elegance, but with the same turn of expression. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 229.

    External material things, as the objects of sensation; and the operations of our minds within, as the objects of reflection; are the only originals from whence all our ideas take their beginnings. John Locke.

    They, like the seed from which they sprung, accurst
    Against the gods immortal hatred nurst;
    An impious, arrogant, and cruel brood,
    Expressing their original from blood. Dryden.


  1. original

    Originality is the aspect of created or invented works that distinguish them from reproductions, clones, forgeries, or substantially derivative works. The modern idea of originality is according to some scholars tied to Romanticism, by a notion that is often called romantic originality. The validity of "originality" as an operational concept has been questioned. For example, there is no clear boundary between "derivative" and "inspired by" or "in the tradition of." The concept of originality is both culturally and historically contingent. For example, unattributed reiteration of a published text in one culture might be considered plagiarism but in another culture might be regarded as a convention of veneration. At the time of Shakespeare, it was more common to appreciate the similarity with an admired classical work, and Shakespeare himself avoided "unnecessary invention". It wasn't until the start of the 18th century that the concept of originality became an ideal in Western culture.


  1. original

    Original refers to something that has not been imitated, copied or derived from anything else, and is uniquely new or inventive. It can pertain to a work, an idea, or an object that is considered the first of its kind or the source from where derivatives may come. Original can also describe a person who is inventive, creative, or unique in their thoughts or actions.


  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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ORIGINAL in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ORIGINAL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of ORIGINAL in a Sentence

  1. Randal Monroe:

    Websites that collect quotes are full of mistakes and never check original sources.

  2. Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU:

    “Philosopher, observer, scholar of our time; Original creator accepting no blunders, Emphasizing the gala of the pen, he ponders The tomes of literary jewels for life's rime!”

  3. Ilya Somin:

    There are multiple definitions of originalism, and multiple theories of it, speaking just for myself, I would say it’s the idea that provisions of the Constitution should be interpreted in accordance with the original meaning of the text at the time it was ratified (e.g. – 1868 for the 14th Amendment).

  4. Nathan Raab:

    These original documents remind us of their vision and moral strength of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, a vision which helped shape and mold our country in ways neither could have foreseen. They testify to the power of original history to inspire and remind us of the great figures of the past.

  5. Dwayne Royster:

    I really hope the Pope would speak more forcefully to the issue of racial justice, this is really the original sin of America.

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Translations for ORIGINAL

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • أصْلِيّ, أصليArabic
  • অপূর্বBengali
  • původníCzech
  • oprindeligDanish
  • Urschrift, ursprünglich, Original, ur-, originellGerman
  • αρχικός, πρωτοποριακός, πρωτότυποGreek
  • originalaEsperanto
  • original, únicoSpanish
  • اصلی, اریژینالPersian
  • ensimmäinen, peräisin, omaperäinen, omintakeinen, originelli, alkuperäiskappale, originaali, tuore, alkuperäinenFinnish
  • original, originelFrench
  • tùsailScottish Gaelic
  • eredetiHungarian
  • AsliIndonesian
  • orginall, frumrit, frumeintakIcelandic
  • originaleItalian
  • 原文, 原作, 原物, 本来Japanese
  • 원래의, 최초Korean
  • originalLatin
  • taketakeMāori
  • origineel, unicum, afkomstig, oorspronkelijk, vernieuwendDutch
  • opprinneligNorwegian
  • oryginalnegoPolish
  • original, originárioPortuguese
  • traducereRomanian
  • первоисточник, новый, первоначальный, оригинальный, первичный, исходный, свежий, своеобразный, оригинал, исходный текстRussian
  • изворник, нов, original, свеж, самобитан, izvornik, svež, prvobitni, првобитни, samobitan, nov, оригиналSerbo-Croatian
  • förlaga, ursprunglig, original, originell, original-Swedish
  • halisiSwahili
  • அசல்Tamil
  • orijinalTurkish
  • אָריגינאַלYiddish

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    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
    A plush
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