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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 in order of succession.
The original owner of the car maintained it very well.The original version of the movie was thirty minutes longer than the subsequent version.
 
synonyms:
earliest, first, initial
antonyms:
final, last
similar words:
aboriginal, ancestral, inaugural, maiden, premier, primal, primary, prime, primitive, primordial
definition 2: new or novel.
It takes a very imaginative person to come up with truly original ideas.
synonyms:
creative, fresh, innovative, new, novel
antonyms:
banal, commonplace, derivative, hackneyed, set, stale, stereotyped, trite, unoriginal, worn, worn-out
similar words:
avant-garde, bold, daring, individual, ingenious, newfangled, offbeat, pioneer, revolutionary, seminal, singular, sui generis, unconventional, unique, unorthodox, unprecedented
definition 3: having the ability to generate or create novel ideas.
The writing in his books is clear and interesting, but when it comes to devising a plot, he is not very original.
synonyms:
creative, inventive, originative
antonyms:
sterile, unoriginal
similar words:
bold, clever, imaginative, independent, ingenious, innovative, inspired, pioneering, resourceful, unconventional
definition 4: first, from which a copy can be made.
The original historical document is on display in the public library; this is just a copy.
 
synonyms:
real
antonyms:
alternate, facsimile, imitative
similar words:
actual, authentic, first, master, true
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: that from which a copy or translation can be made.
I made the twenty copies, but now I can't find the original.
antonyms:
copy, imitation
similar words:
archetype, model, mold, pattern, prototype, source
definition 2: a unique person or thing; one of a kind.
There was no one like the comedian Milton Berle; he was an original.
similar words:
character, curiosity, eccentric, individualist, innovator, maverick, nonconformist, oddity, pioneer, rarity, unique
definition 3: an authentic work as opposed to a reproduction.
This painting is not a copy, but a signed original.
antonyms:
copy, reproduction
similar words:
artwork, classic, old master
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  • originally:
    at first.
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The word original contains the following part:
orig Latin root that means beginning
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