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Dictionary Definition

original adj
1 preceding all others in time or being as first made or performed; "the original inhabitants of the Americas"; "the book still has its original binding"; "restored the house to its original condition"; "the original performance of the opera"; "the original cast"; "retracted his original statement"
2 (of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary; "his work is based on only original, not secondary, sources"
3 being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of; "a truly original approach"; "with original music"; "an original mind" [ant: unoriginal]
4 not derived or copied or translated from something else; "the play is original; not an adaptation"; "he kept the original copy and gave her only a xerox"; "the translation misses much of the subtlety of the original French"


1 an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made [syn: master, master copy]
2 an original model on which something is patterned [syn: archetype, pilot]

User Contributed Dictionary

see Original



  • /əˈɹɪʤənl/


  1. First in a series
    The original manuscript contained spelling errors that were fixed in later versions
    This recording is by the original broadway cast.
  2. Newly created
    Tonight we will hear an original work by one of our best composers.
  3. Fresh, different
    The paper contains a number of original ideas about color perception.
  4. Pioneering
    Parker was one of the original bebop players.
  5. Having as its origin
    This kind of barbecue is original to North Carolina.


first in a series
newly created
fresh, different
  • Finnish: alkuperäinen, ensimmäinen
  • German: ursprünglich
having as its origin
  • Finnish: peräisin
  • German: ursprünglich
  • Swedish: ursprunglig


  1. An object (e.g. narrative work) from which all later copies and variations are derived
    This manuscript is the original
  2. A person with a unique and interesting personality
    You're an original



object from which all later copies and variations are derived
person with a unique and interesting personality



  1. original



  1. original

Extensive Definition

For the Wikipedia policy, see Wikipedia:No original research.
Originality is the aspect of created or invented works by as being new or novel, and thus can be distinguished from reproductions, clones, forgeries, or derivative works. An original work is one not received from others nor one copied based on the work of others. The term "originality" is often applied as a compliment to the creativity of artists, writers, and thinkers.

Originality in law

In law, originality has become an important legal concept with respect to intellectual property, where creativity and invention have manifest as copyrightable works.
In the patent law of the United States and most other countries, only original inventions are subject to protection. In addition to being original, inventions submitted for a patent must also be useful and nonobvious.
In United States copyright law and the law of many other states, copyrights protect only original works of authorship, a property which has been historically and legally linked to a concept of "creativity". A work must pass a threshold of originality in order to be copyrightable.
In United Kingdom intellectual property law, a derived work can demonstrate originality, and must do so if it is to respect copyright.

Original idea

An original idea is one not thought up by another person beforehand.
Sometimes two or more people can come up with the same idea independently.

See also

original in German: Originalität
original in French: Originalité
original in Hebrew: מקוריות
original in Japanese: オリジナル
original in Finnish: Alkuperäisyys
original in Swedish: Originalitet

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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