from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality of being original.
  • n. The capacity to act or think independently.
  • n. Something original.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being original or novel.
  • n. The capacity to think independently or be inventive.
  • n. Something original.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being original.
  • n. Ability to create new and original ideas, works of art, theories, etc.; ability to express oneself in an original manner; creativity; -- of people.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality or state of being original.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being new and original (not derived from something else)
  • n. the ability to think and act independently


From original +‎ -ity. (Wiktionary)



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  • JM really believes that originality is the art of concealing your sources.

    July 14, 2011