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English adjective: original

1. original preceding all others in time or being as first made or performed


SamplesThe original inhabitants of the Americas.
The book still has its original binding.
Restored the house to its original condition.
The original performance of the opera.
The original cast.
Retracted his original statement.


Similarfirst


Antonymslast

2. original (of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary


SamplesHis work is based on only original, not secondary, sources.


Similarprimary


Antonymssecondary

3. original being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of


SamplesA truly original approach.
With original music.
An original mind.


Similaravant-garde, daring, freehand, freehanded, fresh, germinal, groundbreaking, innovational, innovative, new, new, newfangled, novel, originative, seminal, underivative


See alsocreative, first, originative, primary, unconventional


Attributeoriginality


Antonymsunoriginal

4. original not derived or copied or translated from something else


SamplesThe play is original; not an adaptation.
He kept the original copy and gave her only a xerox.
The translation misses much of the subtlety of the original French.


Similarunderived


Antonymsderived


English noun: original

1. original (artifact) an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made


Synonymsmaster, master copy


Broader (hypernym)creation

2. original (cognition) something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies


SamplesThis painting is a copy of the original.


Synonymsarchetype, pilot


Broader (hypernym)example, model









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