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original

o·rig·i·nal

original

 
pronunciation:
rI j nl
parts of speech:
adjective, noun
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: first; earliest.
The original owner of our car had it for ten years.Of all the Frankenstein movies, I like the original one best.
 
synonyms:
earliest, first, initial
antonyms:
final
similar words:
maiden, premier, primary, primitive
definition 2: new or fresh.
She has an original idea for a book.
synonyms:
fresh, new, novel
antonyms:
commonplace, set, stale
similar words:
bold, daring, individual, ingenious, newfangled, revolutionary, singular, unique
definition 3: able to think of new ideas.
He has good grammar and spelling, but when it comes to writing stories, he is not very original.
synonyms:
creative, inventive
similar words:
bold, clever, imaginative, independent, ingenious, inspired, pioneering
definition 4: first; not a copy; real.
Our library has an original letter signed by Abraham Lincoln.
 
synonyms:
real
antonyms:
alternate, facsimile
similar words:
actual, authentic, first, true
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: that from which a copy or translation can be made.
I left the original in the copy machine.
antonyms:
copy, imitation
similar words:
model, mold, pattern, source
definition 2: the real work as opposed to a copy.
The art expert proved that the painting was an original, painted by Picasso himself.
antonyms:
copy, reproduction
similar words:
classic
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    at first.
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The word original contains the following part:
orig Latin root that means beginning
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