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Webster 1913 Edition


Original

O-rig′i-nal

,
Adj.
[F.
original
, L.
originalis
.]
1.
Pertaining to the origin or beginning; preceding all others; first in order; primitive; primary; pristine;
as, the
original
state of man; the
original
laws of a country; the
original
inventor of a process.
His form had yet not lost
All her
original
brightness.
Milton.
2.
Not copied, imitated, or translated; new; fresh; genuine;
as, an
original
thought; an
original
process; the
original
text of Scripture.
3.
Having the power to suggest new thoughts or combinations of thought; inventive;
as, an
original
genius
.
4.
Before unused or unknown; new;
as, a book full of
original
matter
.
Original sin
(Theol.)
,
the first sin of Adam, as related to its consequences to his descendants of the human race; – called also
total depravity
. See
Calvinism
.

O-rig′i-nal

,
Noun.
[Cf. F.
original
.]
1.
Origin; commencement; source.
It hath it
original
from much grief.
Shakespeare
And spangled heavens, a shining frame,
Their great
Original
proclaim.
Addison.
2.
That which precedes all others of its class; archetype; first copy; hence, an original work of art, manuscript, text, and the like, as distinguished from a copy, translation, etc.
The Scriptures may be now read in their own
original
.
Milton.
3.
An original thinker or writer; an originator.
[R.]
Men who are bad at copying, yet are good
originals
.
C. G. Leland.
4.
A person of marked eccentricity.
[Colloq.]
5.
(Zool. & Bot.)
The natural or wild species from which a domesticated or cultivated variety has been derived;
as, the wolf is thought by some to be the
original
of the dog, the blackthorn the
original
of the plum
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Original

ORIG'INAL

,
Noun.
1.
Origin. [See Origin, with which it accords in signification.]
2.
Fountain; source; cause; that from which any thing primarily proceeds; that which gives existence or beginning. The apostasy is believed to have been the origin of moral evil. The origin of many of our customs is lost in antiquity. Nations, like individuals, are ambitious to trace their descent from an honorable origin.

ORIG'INAL

,
Adj.
[L. orginialis.]
1.
First in order; preceding all others; as the original state of man; the original laws of a country; original rights or powers; the original question in debate.
2.
Primitive; pristine; as the original perfection of Adam.
Original sin, as applied to Adam, was his first act of disobedience in eating the forbidden fruit; as applied to his posterity, it is understood to mean either the sin of Adam imputed to his posterity, or that corruption of nature, or total depravity, which has been derived from him in consequence of his apostasy. On this subject divines are not agreed.
In strictness, original sin is an improper use of words, as sin, ex vi termini, implies volition and the transgression of a known rule of duty by a moral agent. But this application of the words has been established by long use, and it serves to express ideas which many wise and good men entertain on this subject.
3.
Having the power to originate new thoughts or combinations of thought; as an original genius.

Definition 2021


Original

Original

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German

Noun

Original n (genitive Originals, plural Originale)

  1. original

original

original

See also: Original

English

Adjective

original (comparative more original, superlative most original)

  1. (not comparable) Relating to the origin or beginning; preceding all others.
    the original state of mankind; the original laws of a country; the original inventor of a process
    • 1944, Miles Burton, chapter 5, in The Three Corpse Trick:
      The hovel stood in the centre of what had once been a vegetable garden, but was now a patch of rank weeds. Surrounding this, almost like a zareba, was an irregular ring of gorse and brambles, an unclaimed vestige of the original common.
  2. (not comparable) First in a series or copies/versions.
    The original manuscript contained spelling errors which were fixed in later versions.
    This recording is by the original broadway cast.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, in The China Governess:
      The original family who had begun to build a palace to rival Nonesuch had died out before they had put up little more than the gateway, [].
  3. (not comparable) Newly created.
    Tonight we will hear an original work by one of our best composers.
  4. (comparable) Fresh, different.
    The paper contains a number of original ideas about color perception.
  5. (not comparable) Pioneering.
    Parker was one of the original bebop players.
  6. (not comparable) Having as its origin.
    This kind of barbecue is original to North Carolina.

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Noun

original (plural originals)

  1. An object or other creation (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 and/or creative talent.
    You’re a real original.
  3. (archaic) An eccentric.

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Most common English words before 1923: quickly · lie · supposed · #816: original · provide · determined · month

Catalan

Adjective

original m, f (masculine and feminine plural originals)

  1. original

French

Etymology

From Latin originalis, from origo 'origin'

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ɔ.ʁi.ʒi.nal/

Adjective

original m (feminine singular originale, masculine plural originaux, feminine plural originales)

  1. original

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Noun

original m (plural originaux)

  1. An unusual or eccentric person
  2. An original manuscript

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German

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /oʀiɡiˈnaːl/
  • Rhymes: -aːl

Adjective

original (comparative originaler, superlative am originalsten)

  1. original

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Portuguese

Adjective

original m, f (plural originais, comparable)

  1. original (relating to the origin or beginning)
  2. original (being the first in a series)
  3. original (different; unique)

Serbo-Croatian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /oriɡǐnaːl/
  • Hyphenation: o‧ri‧gi‧nal

Noun

origìnāl m (Cyrillic spelling оригѝна̄л)

  1. original

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Spanish

Adjective

original m, f (plural originales)

  1. original

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