- 1Present or existing from the beginning; first or earliest: the original owner of the house the plasterwork is probably originalMore example sentences
- The original design provided for the restoration of existing courtrooms.
- In North America alone, there are many aboriginal cultures that no longer know a word of their original languages.
- The final design will maintain these original features.
- 2Created directly and personally by a particular artist; not a copy or imitation: original Rembrandts playing original materialMore example sentences
- The multimedia production also included an original score by artist-musician Rodney Graham and rock duo Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth.
- He gave me about 20 minutes to respond to an emailed copy of the original article.
- Fortunately his family made some copies of the original manuscript and so we can see now what he really wrote.
- 3Not dependent on other people’s ideas; inventive and unusual: a subtle and original thinkerMore example sentences
- Freud certainly had many original ideas; but even the most inventive minds are indebted to their predecessors.
- The contest is open to all original bands and musicians - whatever the musical style.
- Erofeyev is an absurdly original writer of the utmost importance.
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- 1Something serving as a model or basis for imitations or copies: the portrait may be a copy of the original one set of originals and four photocopiesMore example sentences
- This allowed pirates for the first time to reproduce what was for all intents and purposes an exact copy of an original.
- You are required to carry the vehicle registration document; take a copy and leave the original at home.
- He agreed to copy the documents inside, then burn the original papers he had received, which were also copies, not originals.
- 1.1 (the original) The form or language in which something was first produced or created: the study of Russian texts in the originalMore example sentences
archetype, prototype, source, master
- In Norway not a lot of poetry in English gets translated, so they read in the original.
- This would offer the student the full iconic content of the original as well as the French text.
- Cathal writes in Irish but read the translations in English as well as the original in Irish.
- 1.2 (the original of) A person or place on which a character or location in a literary work is based: the paper where the original of the play’s Walter Burns workedMore example sentences
- Smith later acknowledged that ‘In Villette my mother was the original of Mrs Bretton, several of her expressions are given verbatim’.
- Elizabeth Gaskell was brought up by her aunt in Knutsford, Cheshire (the original of ‘Cranford’ and of ‘Hollingford’ in Wives and Daughters).
- Lots of women claimed to have been the original of Holly Golightly.
- 1.3A book or recording that has not been previously made available in a different form: paperback originalsMore example sentences
- These books are not originals, so there are no rights issues to deal with, and even if they are sold at a 90% discount there's still room for profit.
- Miss Smith has had a novel published as a paperback original.
- As far as ‘pornography’ was concerned, the most obvious targets were the publishers of the paperback originals who had come into being since the end of the war.
- 1.4A garment made to order from a design specially prepared for a fashion collection.More example sentences
- The exhibit also displayed many other of Coco Chanel's signature originals such as these Chanel tweed suits and various gowns and jewelry.
- His latest fashions are often originals from English designer Vivienne Westwood.
- Alongside a few hand-chosen vintage pieces, her own designs are an eclectic mix of recycled items and originals.
- 2An eccentric or unusual person: he was one of the true originalsMore example sentences
- They were true originals on this late 1983 release, more weird and as depressingly great as ever, with two drummers and Mark E Smith in top form.
- Simply by being alive, by being brought up in south London and having mixed parentage, he was an original.
- New York playwright Will Eno is an original, a maverick wordsmith whose weird, wry dramas gurgle with the grim humour and pain of life.
Middle English (the earliest use being in the phrase original sin): from Old French, or from Latin originalis, from origin- (see origin).