Original - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |əˈrɪdʒənl|  American pronunciation of the word original
Brit.  |əˈrɪdʒɪn(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word original


- an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made (syn: master)
- something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies(syn: archetype, pilot)


- preceding all others in time or being as first made or performed
- (of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary
- not derived or copied or translated from something else


I gave her a copy of the report and kept the original.

This isn't a reprint, it's an original.

Compared to other actresses of her generation, she is a true original.

Their original idea was to fix their old car, but they decided to buy a new one instead.

The word's original meaning was very different from its current meaning.

I gave her a copy and kept the original document myself.

The book has been translated into English from the original Spanish.

The concept is very original.

The car has a highly original design.

She has a very original and creative mind.

He is admired as an original American composer.

It's a very original idea.

He was a very original man and with an extremely original behaviour.

He was an original rogue.

The land was returned to its original owner.

Word forms

singular: original
plural: originals
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