Definition of original adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əˈrɪdʒənl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈrɪdʒənl//
    Describing a story
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  1. 1  [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. At the end of the lease, the land will be returned to the original owner. The original intention was to record about 80 speakers, divided equally between males and females.
  2. 2  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 the product of a highly original mind See related entries: Describing a story
  3. 3  [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.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (the earliest use being in the phrase original sin): from Old French, or from Latin originalis, from origin-, from oriri ‘to rise’.Extra examples They are tackling the problem in a completely original way. a startlingly original idea The film is challenging and highly original. This work is the product of a highly original mind. The clock was restored to its original condition. The original document has been lost or destroyed. The original findings conflict with more recent findings. There have been many new findings since the original report.
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