Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb With reference to origin.
  • adverb At first.
  • adverb In a highly distinctive manner.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • At first; at the origin; at an early period.
  • From the beginning or origin; from the first.
  • As first author, creator, or inventor; hence, in a novel or characteristically individual manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In the original time, or in an original manner; primarily; from the beginning or origin; not by derivation, or imitation.
  • adverb At first; at the origin; at the time of formation or costruction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb As it was in the beginning.

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

  • adverb before now
  • adverb with reference to the origin or beginning
  • adverb in an original manner

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

original +‎ -ly

Examples

  • The word originally comes from an old French word, “jambon.”

    THE ANTHOLOGIST

  • The word originally comes from an old French word, “jambon.”

    THE ANTHOLOGIST

  • The Marines called it “going Asiatic,” a term originally used to describe personality quirks developed by men serving long hitches in the Far East.

    Brotherhood of Heroes

  • The Marines called it “going Asiatic,” a term originally used to describe personality quirks developed by men serving long hitches in the Far East.

    Brotherhood of Heroes

  • The term originally was spelled wholistic, to reflect this orientation.

    CREATE YOUR OWN FUTURE

  • The term originally was spelled wholistic, to reflect this orientation.

    CREATE YOUR OWN FUTURE

  • The term originally denoted the business district's silicon chip manufacturers.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • Captives provide insurance to their parent companies, and the term originally referred to subsidiaries set up by any large company to insure the company's own risks.

    NYT > Home Page

  • The term originally referred to debt sold only by foreign companies and was later widened to include bonds sold by Korean firms, Kim said.

    BusinessWeek.com -- Top News

  • And in the spirit of sensorama a term originally coined, I believe by my friend John Grant in the UK you need to create a total experience, a feel, a touch, a sound, and a charming and original personality.

    Forbes.com: News

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