Meaning of ORIGINAL in English



Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


You use ~ when referring to something that existed at the beginning of a process or activity, or the characteristics that something had when it began or was made.

The inhabitants have voted overwhelmingly to restore the city’s ~ name of Chemnitz.

ADJ: det ADJ


If something such as a document, a work of art, or a piece of writing is an ~, it is not a copy or a later version.

When you have filled in the questionnaire, copy it and send the ~ to your employer...

For once the sequel is as good as the ~.



An ~ document or work of art is not a copy. ~ movie poster.

ADJ: usu ADJ n


An ~ piece of writing or music was written recently and has not been published or performed before.

...its policy of commissioning ~ work.

...with catchy ~ songs by Richard Warner.

ADJ: usu ADJ n


If you describe someone or their work as ~, you mean that they are very imaginative and have new ideas.

It is one of the most ~ works of imagination in the language. ~ writer.

= innovative

ADJ approval


He was capable of writing things of startling ~ity.



If you read or sing something in the ~ or, for example, in the ~ French, you read or sing it in the language it was written in, rather than a translation.

He read every book or author it deals with, often in the ~...

The texts were sung in the ~ Italian.

PHRASE: PHR after v

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