Meaning of ORIGINAL in English


adj. & n.


1. existing from the beginning; innate.

2 novel; inventive; creative (has an original mind).

3 serving as a pattern; not derivative or imitative; firsthand (in the original Greek; has an original Rembrandt).


1. an original model, pattern, picture, etc. from which another is copied or translated (kept the copy and destroyed the original).

2 an eccentric or unusual person.

3 a a garment specially designed for a fashion collection. b a copy of such a garment made to order.

Phrases and idioms:

original instrument a musical instrument, or a copy of one, dating from the time the music played on it was composed. original print a print made directly from an artist's own woodcut, etching, etc., and printed under the artist's supervision. original sin the innate depravity of all mankind held to be a consequence of the Fall.


originally adv.

Etymology: ME f. OF original or L originalis (as ORIGIN)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.