Meaning of ORIGINAL in English


/ əˈrɪdʒənl; NAmE / adjective , noun

■ adjective


[ only before noun ] existing at the beginning of a particular period, process or activity :

The room still has many of its original features.

I think you should go back to your original plan.


new and interesting in a way that is different from anything that has existed before; able to produce new and interesting ideas :

an original idea

That's not a very original suggestion.

an original thinker


[ usually before noun ] painted, written, etc. by the artist rather than copied :

an original painting by local artist Graham Tovey

The original manuscript has been lost.

Only original documents (= not photocopies) will be accepted as proof of status.

■ noun


a document, work of art, etc. produced for the first time, from which copies are later made :

This painting is a copy; the original is in Madrid.

Send out the photocopies and keep the original.


( formal ) a person who thinks, behaves, dresses, etc. in an unusual way


- in the original



Middle English (the earliest use being in the phrase original sin ): from Old French , or from Latin originalis , from origin- , from oriri to rise.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.