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Definition of original noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a 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!
  2. 2(formal) a person who thinks, behaves, dresses, etc. in an unusual way
  3. Idioms
    in the original
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    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.
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