from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Preceding all others in time; first.
- adj. Not derived from something else; fresh and unusual: an original play, not an adaptation.
- adj. Showing a marked departure from previous practice; new: a truly original approach. See Synonyms at new.
- adj. Productive of new things or new ideas; inventive: an original mind.
- adj. Being the source from which a copy, reproduction, or translation is made.
- n. A first form from which other forms are made or developed: Later models of the car retained many features of the original.
- n. An authentic work of art: bought an original, not a print.
- n. Work that has been composed firsthand: kept the original but sent a photocopy to his publisher.
- n. A person who is appealingly odd or curious; a character.
- n. Archaic The source from which something arises; an originator.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. First in a series or copies/versions
- adj. Newly created
- adj. Fresh, different
- adj. Pioneering
- adj. Having as its origin
- n. An object or other creation (e.g. narrative work) from which all later copies and variations are derived
- n. A person with a unique and interesting personality and/or creative talent
- n. An eccentric
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Pertaining to the origin or beginning; preceding all others; first in order; primitive; primary; pristine
- adj. Not copied, imitated, or translated; new; fresh; genuine
- adj. Having the power to suggest new thoughts or combinations of thought; inventive.
- adj. Before unused or unknown; new.
- n. Origin; commencement; source.
- n. 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.
- n. An original thinker or writer; an originator.
- n. A person of marked eccentricity.
- n. The natural or wild species from which a domesticated or cultivated variety has been derived.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Pertaining to the origin or beginning; initial; primal; first in order; preceding all others: as, the original state in which man was created; the original edition of a book.
- Pertaining to or characteristic of the first or earliest stage or state of anything; first or earlier as opposed to later; primeval; primitive; pristine.
- Having the power to initiate or suggest new thoughts or combinations of thought; creative, as author, artist, philosopher, etc.: as, an original genius.
- Produced directly by an author, artist, or authority; not copied, imitated, translated, or transcribed: as, the original document; the original Greek text; the original painting.
- Hence Fresh; novel; new; striking; never before thought of or used: as, an original idea or plan; an original invention.
- Abbreviated orig.
- Inventive, creative.
- n. Origin; source; starting-point; first issue; beginning.
- n. Hence Parentage; ancestry; pedigree; descent; derivation; extraction; birth.
- n. That from which anything is derived; source of being or existence; cause; occasion.
- n. A primary stock or type from which varieties have been developed: as, the dhole of India is supposed to have been the original of the dog.
- n. Earliest condition; primal or primitive state; pristine condition, resources, etc.
- n. First form; archetype; that which is copied, imitated, transcribed, or translated.
- n. A work of art as first produced, and contradistinguished from a replica or duplicate made by the artist himself, and from a copy, mechanical reproduction, or imitation.
- n. A writing, document, or literary production, as distinguished from a transcription, paraphrase, modernization, or translation; also, the language in which a work was first composed.
- n. A person who produces a novel and unique impression; a person of marked individuality of character; an eccentric person; an oddity.
- In geology, noting those constituent minerals of an igneous rock which have crystallized from fusion during the period of consolidation: contrasted with secondary, which describes a mineral produced by alteration or decay.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary
- n. an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made
- adj. being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of
- n. something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies
- adj. preceding all others in time or being as first made or performed
- adj. not derived or copied or translated from something else
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin orīginālis, from orīgō, orīgin-, source; see origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English original, from Old French original, from Late Latin originalis ("primitive, original"), from Latin origo ("beginning, source, origin"); see origin. (Wiktionary)