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Original meaning

original - 12 dictionary results

  1. 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.
  2. 2. Not copied, imitated, or translated; new; fresh; genuine; as, an original thought; an original process; the original text of Scripture.
  3. 3. Having the power to suggest new thoughts or combinations of thought; inventive; as, an original genius.
  4. 4. Before unused or unknown; new; as, a book full of original matter.
  5. 5. Origin; commencement; source.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. An original thinker or writer; an originator.
  8. 8. A person of marked eccentricity.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10. First; not copied or imitated; having new thoughts or ideas.
  11. 11. Origin; first copy; language not translated.
  12. 12. Originality.

original - examples of usage

  1. I shook my head, feeling my lips and throat grow dry as I answered- " That which you had was the original, not a copy. - "To-morrow?", Victoria Cross.
  2. The hire cannot nearly meet current expenses, much less pay for the original price. - "Second Shetland Truck System Report", William Guthrie.
  3. She would pretend it was the original. - "Garrison's Finish A Romance of the Race-Course", W. B. M. Ferguson.
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