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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun original:


Original is sometimes a misspelling of originally.

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Definition of the adjective original

What does original mean as an attribute of a noun?

adjective - degrees: more original / most original

  1. preceding all others in time or being as first made or performed
    • examples: 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
    • similar: first
  2. (of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary
    • example: his work is based on only original, not secondary, sources
    • similar: primary
  3. being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of
  4. not derived or copied or translated from something else
    • examples: 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
    • similar: underived

Alternative definition of the adjective original


  1. [not comparable] First in a series or copies/versions
  2. [not comparable] Newly created
  3. [comparable] Fresh, different
  4. [not comparable] Pioneering
  5. [not comparable] Having as its origin

Definition of the noun original

What does original mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: originals

  1. an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonyms of original: master / master copy
    • more generic word: creation = an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone
  2. something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies
    • example: this painting is a copy of the original
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • synonyms of original: archetype / pilot
    • more generic words: example / model = a representative form or pattern


"Original" is a film directed by Antonio Tublén and Alexander Brøndsted. It won the Golden Goblet for best film at Shanghai International Film Festival. The jury was led by Danny Boyle and included Andie MacDowell, Michelle Yeoh, Huang Jianxin, Xavier Koller, Komaki Kurihara, Andrew Lau and OH Jungwan.


  1. "Original" is a song by Leftfield, released as the sixth single under that name. The song was released on 12" and CD on 13 March 1995. It featured Toni Halliday on vocals. The song gave the group their first appearance on Top of the Pops and reached #18 in the UK charts. The beginning of the song is used often on the UK version of Big Brother.
  2. "Original" a.k.a. "Sanne Salomonsen": Sanne Salomonsen is a 1973 self-titled solo album by Sanne Salomonsen.
    • released in (31 years ago)
  3. "Original" is a musical single of Leftfield & Toni Halliday.
    • released on (20 years ago)
  4. "Original" is a musical album of Jossie Esteban y La Patrulla 15 & Esteban Grullon.
  5. "Original" is a 2011 single by Mystikal featuring Birdman and Lil Wayne.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  6. "Original" is a musical single of Sens Unik vs. Die Fantastischen Vier, Die Fantastischen Vier, Sens Unik.
    • released on (18 years ago)
  7. "Original" is a musical EP of Raske Penge.
  8. "Original" a.k.a. "Originál" is a musical album of Chinaski.
    • released on (13 years ago)
  9. "Original" is a musical album of Janiva Magness.
    • released on
  10. "Original" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  11. "Original" is a musical album of AMO.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  12. "Original" is a musical album of Los Incas.
    • released in (44 years ago)
  13. "Original" is a musical album of Proyecto Uno.
    • released on
  14. "Original" a.k.a. "ORIGINAL!" is a musical single of Yuria.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  15. "Original" is a musical album of Doppelgänger.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  16. "Original" is a musical single of Xatar.
    • released on
  17. "Original" is a musical album of CWF.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  18. "Original" is a musical album of Steev Hise.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  19. "Original" is a musical album of Kiasma.
    • released on (16 years ago)
  20. "Original" is a musical album of Dickes B!.
    • released on (6 years ago)
  21. "Original" is a musical album of Admiral Bailey.
  22. "Original" is a musical album of D'Zrt.


Original a.k.a. The Original is a musical group.

Phrases with Original

  1. original sin
  2. Original research
  3. Original Aspect Ratio
  4. Series Original

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Original

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Google previewBeyond Style - Mastering the Finer Points of Writing (2015)

by Gary Provost

Being original means you find new slants, creative leads, fresh information, unique formats, different ways of looking at old information, surprising conclusions, and imaginative solutions. Being original is an attitude that you bring to your work.

Google previewThe Country Writer's Craft (2013)

Writing For Country, Regional & Rural Publications by Suzanne Ruthven

As far as writing is concerned, being original means trying to find a different approach to a subject, even to portray it from another angle, play 'Devil's Advocate' and offer an alternative viewpoint. Have a lookat the following previously published ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Metropolitana; Or, Universal Dictionary of Knowledge on an Original Plan Comprising the Twofold Advantage of a Philosophical and an Alphabetical Arrangement, with Appropriate Engravings Edited by Edward Smedley, Hugh James Rose, Henry John Rose (1845)

Mixed sciences, vol. 6

M or less than the original, as was desired; and although the pattern was for the right Screw cutting. Impressions of various size from the same copper plate. Explanation foot one of the lasts was for the left. Screw cutting—When this operation is ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

REINSURANCE ASSUMED: The portion of risk that the reinsurer accepts from the original reinsurer; the premium for an assumption of reinsurance. REINSURANCE, AUTOMATIC: An agreement between the ceding company and the reinsurer ...

Google previewLempriere's Classical Dictionary for Schools and Academies (1832)

Containing Every Name and All that is Either Important Or Useful in the Original Work by John Lemprière

This edition contains every name in the best revised English edition of Lempriere's original work. It also contains all the matter that is either important or useful for families and young persons. The original work is full of indelicate passages, ...

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Quotes about Original

Your manuscript is both good and original, but the part that is good is not original and the part that is original is not good. (Samuel Johnson)
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Scrabble value of O1R1I1G2I1N1A1L1

The value of this 8-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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