original

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English[edit]

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From Middle English original, from Old French original, from Late Latin originalis (primitive, original), from Latin origo (beginning, source, origin); see origin.

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  • IPA(key): /əˈɹɪdʒɪnəl/
  • (file)

Adjective[edit]

original (comparative more original, superlative most original)

  1. (not comparable) Relating to the origin or beginning; preceding all others.
    the original state of mankind;  the original laws of a country;  the original inventor of a process
    • 1944, Miles Burton, chapter 5, The Three Corpse Trick:
      The hovel stood in the centre of what had once been a vegetable garden, but was now a patch of rank weeds. Surrounding this, almost like a zareba, was an irregular ring of gorse and brambles, an unclaimed vestige of the original common.
  2. (not comparable) First in a series or copies/versions.
    The original manuscript contained spelling errors which were fixed in later versions.
    This recording is by the original broadway cast.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, The China Governess[1]:
      The original family who had begun to build a palace to rival Nonesuch had died out before they had put up little more than the gateway, […].
  3. (not comparable) Newly created.
    Tonight we will hear an original work by one of our best composers.
  4. (comparable) Fresh, different.
    The paper contains a number of original ideas about color perception.
  5. (not comparable) Pioneering.
    Parker was one of the original bebop players.
  6. (not comparable) Having as its origin.
    This kind of barbecue is original to North Carolina.

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original (plural originals)

  1. An object or other creation (e.g. narrative work) from which all later copies and variations are derived
    This manuscript is the original
  2. A person with a unique and interesting personality and/or creative talent
    You’re an original
  3. (archaic) An eccentric

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin originalis, from origo 'origin'

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original m (feminine originale, masculine plural originaux, feminine plural originales)

  1. original

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original m (plural originaux)

  1. An unusual or eccentric person
  2. An original manuscript

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original (comparative originaler, superlative am originalsten)

  1. original

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Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /oriɡǐnaːl/
  • Hyphenation: o‧ri‧gi‧nal

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origìnāl m (Cyrillic spelling оригѝна̄л)

  1. original

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Spanish[edit]

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original m, f (plural originales)

  1. original

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