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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.



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

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



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



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.



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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