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



    BrE BrE//əˈrɪdʒənl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈrɪdʒənl//
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  1. 1  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. At that price, you could have bought an original! He copied paintings of famous artists and passed them off as originals.
  2. 2(formal) a person who thinks, behaves, dresses, etc. in an unusual way
  3. 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’.Idioms in the language in which a book, etc. was first written, before being translated I studied Italian so that I would be able to read Dante in the original. to read Tolstoy in the original
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