Definitions for: Original


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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
matter.

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.


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.
Leland.

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.

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

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