Adjective "Original" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Present or existing from the beginning; first or earliest.
  1. 'the plasterwork is probably original'
  2. 'The old houses that were left as they were in that same area are being put back to their original style in the process.'
  3. 'She says poor maintenance by the Town Council has destroyed the original design.'
  4. 'Away from the grand pedigree of the original building, the design of the hotel's new tower echoes the shapes and colours of the old one well.'
  5. 'The original design provided for the restoration of existing courtrooms.'
  6. 'The new development has been designed to fit in with the design of the original stone houses.'
  7. 'At Wapping we were able to see the twin tunnels which were the original Brunel designed ones.'
  8. 'The whole hotel is a combination of original features and modern design.'
  9. 'The original path was a series of stepping stones laid in the lawn, which I was able to reuse.'
  10. 'I'm looking forward to the Gehry building, though, even though it's been watered down a bit from its original design.'
  11. 'The use of the original languages with English sub-titles was a brilliant and compelling device.'
Created personally by a particular artist, writer, musician, etc.; not a copy.
  1. 'The gallery showcases some original European and American paintings dating back to the Baroque era of the 17th century.'
  2. 'He gave me about 20 minutes to respond to an emailed copy of the original article.'
  3. 'People came in on spec, just because they'd heard there was a local band who were actually playing original material.'
  4. 'Her goal is also to create playful, original art that cannot be commodified.'
  5. 'We have more stuff available but at the same time we have actually less original material being produced.'
  6. 'Beth has used photo montage, acrylics, oils and pastels to create truly original works.'
  7. 'Beginning January 20, the Museum will display 14 original oil paintings by Kathy Jakobsen in the Community Gallery.'
  8. 'On one side of it you have writers building on common archetypes to create original works, and to enrich the genre.'
  9. 'The multimedia production also included an original score by artist-musician Rodney Graham and rock duo Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.'
  10. 'There is still a market for good original art but with a caution flag on the price point unless it is by a well-known artist.'
Not dependent on other people's ideas; inventive or novel.
  1. 'He created original sounds from his cymbals and skins using sticks, brushes, and even his hands.'
  2. 'Two original ways of presenting the dial motif have been designed: either plain or set with diamonds.'
  3. 'Freud certainly had many original ideas; but even the most inventive minds are indebted to their predecessors.'
  4. 'Who needs to make creative decisions about original ideas when you can mould an endless stream of desperate kids into carbon copies of what went before?'
  5. 'By Goya's time the most interesting and original artists were no longer interested in this particular kind of symbolism or any kind of allegory.'
  6. 'The married man will probably run out of original gift ideas sooner or later.'
  7. 'He is quite an original thinker and really did invent the idea of Mozart as a brat so convincingly that now most people think it's fact.'
  8. 'The contest is open to all original bands and musicians - whatever the musical style.'
  9. 'She was a serious artist, a painter of extraordinary and disturbing vision, a talented dancer and also a witty and original writer.'
  10. 'He was a much sought-after consultant, both for his original ideas and his unrivalled contacts in sport.'
  11. 'Foremost, he was an original thinker with ideas, and with an ability to formulate new questions in new ways.'


The earliest form of something, from which copies may be made.
  1. 'one set of originals and four photocopies'
  2. 'This allowed pirates for the first time to reproduce what was for all intents and purposes an exact copy of an original.'
  3. 'Even if you lose your original, a second copy is safely stored somewhere else.'
  4. 'That has now changed, as the Times reporter admitted that the memos he used are not originals, but retyped copies.'
  5. 'He said such evidence could include originals or copies of documents authenticated by the UN fact-finding commission.'
  6. 'He agreed to copy the documents inside, then burn the original papers he had received, which were also copies, not originals.'
  7. 'The ‘evidence’ of this appears to be from reports in news items like this one that the copies circulating are not originals…'
  8. 'But the site is a carbon copy of the original - set up by sophisticated criminal gangs often based in eastern Europe.'
  9. 'Material kept in these environments, even if partly protected, is still susceptible to exterior forces, and the replacement of originals with copies is one way of arresting further deterioration.'
  10. 'Producing very high-quality colour originals and copies is what business requires, but this technology is no longer simply the domain of the specialist or professional.'
  11. 'The fact of the matter is that, for whatever reason, both the original and the copy of that 1990 letter have gone astray.'
  12. 'the study of Russian texts in the original'
  13. 'In Norway not a lot of poetry in English gets translated, so they read in the original.'
  14. 'The term is of course a mere English translation which may fail to catch the subtlety of the original.'
  15. 'Thus, for the translator, there is a perpetual debt to both the original and the translation.'
  16. 'This would offer the student the full iconic content of the original as well as the French text.'
  17. 'This was an attempt to give the basic message of Gita to those who find it difficult to understand the original in Sanskrit.'
  18. 'He even translated some fragments of Hamlet twice, first as a French piece, then keeping closer to the original.'
  19. 'Cathal writes in Irish but read the translations in English as well as the original in Irish.'
  20. 'Alongside a burgeoning market for Greek and Latin texts in the original, translations became popular as well.'
  21. 'I have never been more amazed by a work in my life. Fagles' translation captures a lot of the feel of the original.'
  22. 'Where necessary, I have modified translations to make them more faithful to the original.'
  23. 'Elizabeth Gaskell was brought up by her aunt in Knutsford, Cheshire (the original of ‘Cranford’ and of ‘Hollingford’ in Wives and Daughters).'
  24. 'Smith later acknowledged that ‘In Villette my mother was the original of Mrs Bretton, several of her expressions are given verbatim’.'
  25. 'As far as ‘pornography’ was concerned, the most obvious targets were the publishers of the paperback originals who had come into being since the end of the war.'
  26. 'The India Penguin paperback originals and the HarperCollins-Rupa paperbacks are wonderful to behold.'
  27. 'Miss Smith has had a novel published as a paperback original.'
  28. 'He was decked out in a classic Bond-like suit, a Versace original.'
  29. 'The exhibit also displayed many other of Coco Chanel's signature originals such as these Chanel tweed suits and various gowns and jewelry.'
  30. 'It was a Dior original, according to the label under it.'
  31. 'Hank didn't really want to look very closely at the stain decorating the front of her designer original.'
  32. 'Create your own fashion originals by freely draping fabric directly on the dress form.'
An eccentric or unusual person.
  1. 'Howard Hughes was one of the true twentieth-century originals - a risk-taker who wanted to own the skies and nearly killed himself trying to do it.'
  2. 'He's a true original, and there aren't many of those around.'
  3. 'The Germans were true originals, wearing Tyrolean costumes and playing retro jazz on brass instruments.'
  4. 'Call me selfish, but I wanted to leave my mark on a true original.'
  5. 'Jonathan Richman is a songwriter without compare, a true original in a sea of troubadour imitatees.'
  6. 'This is not their first Jazz Fest appearance, and will most certainly not be their last, but if you get a chance, come check out a band of true Montreal originals.'
  7. 'They were true originals on this late 1983 release, more weird and as depressingly great as ever, with two drummers and Mark E Smith in top form.'
  8. 'Ken Whiteley is a true Canadian original, who has had a love affair with music for as long as he can remember.'
  9. 'Even rock fans have been amazed by The Decemberists' rapid progression from likeable imitators to true originals.'
  10. 'True originals, Cave, Waits and Cohen create worlds of tenderness and torture, and when you put on one of their records, they own you.'


1. belonging or pertaining to the origin or beginning of something, or to a thing at its beginning: The book still has its original binding.

2. new; fresh; inventive; novel: an original way of advertising.

3. arising or proceeding independently of anything else: an original view of history.

4. capable of or given to thinking or acting in an independent, creative, or individual manner: an original thinker.

5. created, undertaken, or presented for the first time: to give

More examples(as adjective)

"rituals can be original in things."

"people can be original in methods."

"wheezes can be original to prints."

"people can be original in senses."

"people can be original in optics."

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Middle English (the earliest use being in the phrase original sin): from Old French, or from Latin originalis, from origin- (see origin).