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Meaning of ORIGINAL

Pronunciation:  u'rijunl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made
  2. [n]  an original model on which something is patterned
  3. [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"
  4. [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"
  5. [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. [adj]  (of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary; "his work is based on only original, not secondary, sources"

ORIGINAL is a 8 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: archetype, avant-garde, daring, first, freehand, freehanded, fresh, germinal, innovational, innovative, master, master copy, new, newfangled, novel, pilot, seminal, underivative, underived
 Antonyms: unoriginal
 See Also: creation, creative, example, model, originative, primary, unconventional



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \O*rig"i*nal\, a. [F. original, L. originalis.]
    1. Pertaining to the origin or beginning; preceding all
       others; first in order; primitive; primary; pristine; as,
       the original state of man; the original laws of a country;
       the original inventor of a process.
             His form had yet not lost All her original
             brightness.                           --Milton.
    2. Not copied, imitated, or translated; new; fresh; genuine;
       as, an original thought; an original process; the original
       text of Scripture.
    3. Having the power to suggest new thoughts or combinations
       of thought; inventive; as, an original genius.
    4. Before unused or unknown; new; as, a book full of original
    {Original sin} (Theol.), the first sin of Adam, as related to
       its consequences to his descendants of the human race; --
       called also {total depravity}. See {Calvinism}.
  2. \O*rig"i*nal\, n. [Cf. F. original.]
    1. Origin; commencement; source.
             It hath it original from much grief.  --Shak.
             And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great
             Original proclaim.                    --Addison.
    2. That which precedes all others of its class; archetype;
       first copy; hence, an original work of art, manuscript,
       text, and the like, as distinguished from a copy,
       translation, etc.
             The Scriptures may be now read in their own
             original.                             --Milton.
    3. An original thinker or writer; an originator. [R.]
             Men who are bad at copying, yet are good originals.
                                                   --C. G.
    4. A person of marked eccentricity. [Colloq.]
    5. (Zo["o]l. & Bot.) The natural or wild species from which a
       domesticated or cultivated variety has been derived; as,
       the wolf is thought by some to be the original of the dog,
       the blackthorn the original of the plum.
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