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From French originalité. Surface etymology is original +‎ -ity.


  • IPA(key): /əˌɹɪdʒɪˈnælɪti/
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originality (countable and uncountable, plural originalities)

  1. (uncountable) The quality of being original or novel.
  2. (uncountable) The capacity to think independently or be inventive.
    • 2004, Richard Fortey, The Earth, Folio Society 2011, p. 132:
      Originality may be the capacity to look at the same facts and see new explanations.
  3. (countable) Something original.
    • 2021 December 15, Robin Leleux, “Awards honour the best restoration projects: The Railway Heritage Trust Conservation Award: Newcastle Central”, in RAIL, number 946, page 59:
      This houses a waiting room and gentlemen's toilets which, despite some new sanitary fittings in early BR days, fell out of use over 40 years ago, becoming dilapidated - and so remained as the only room on the station to retain its originality.


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Further reading[edit]

  • "originality" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 230.