• WordNet 3.6
    • adj original not derived or copied or translated from something else; not an adaptation" "the play is original","he kept the original copy and gave her only a xerox","the translation misses much of the subtlety of the original French"
    • adj original 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"
    • adj original 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"
    • adj original (of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary "his work is based on only original, not secondary, sources"
    • n original an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made
    • n original something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies "this painting is a copy of the original"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Christy's Original Minstrels Christy's Original Minstrels
Original Morse code Original Morse code

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The city of Tokyo was originally called Edo
    • Original A person of marked eccentricity.
    • Original An original thinker or writer; an originator. "Men who are bad at copying, yet are good originals ."
    • Original Before unused or unknown; new; as, a book full of original matter.
    • Original Having the power to suggest new thoughts or combinations of thought; inventive; as, an original genius.
    • Original Not copied, imitated, or translated; new; fresh; genuine; as, an original thought; an original process; the original text of Scripture.
    • Original Origin; commencement; source. "It hath it original from much grief.""And spangled heavens, a shining frame,
      Their great Original proclaim."
    • Original 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."
    • Original 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 ."
    • Original (Zoöl. & 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Badminton originates from a sport in India called "poona."
    • original Pertaining to the origin or beginning; initial; primal; first in order; preceding all others: as, the original state in which man was created; the original edition of a book.
    • original Pertaining to or characteristic of the first or earliest stage or state of anything; first or earlier as opposed to later; primeval; primitive; pristine.
    • original Having the power to initiate or suggest new thoughts or combinations of thought; creative, as author, artist, philosopher, etc.: as, an original genius.
    • original Produced directly by an author, artist, or authority; not copied, imitated, translated, or transcribed: as, the original document; the original Greek text; the original painting.
    • original Hence Fresh; novel; new; striking; never before thought of or used: as, an original idea or plan; an original invention.
    • original Abbreviated orig.
    • original Inventive, creative.
    • n original Origin; source; starting-point; first issue; beginning.
    • n original Hence Parentage; ancestry; pedigree; descent; derivation; extraction; birth.
    • n original That from which anything is derived; source of being or existence; cause; occasion.
    • n original A primary stock or type from which varieties have been developed: as, the dhole of India is supposed to have been the original of the dog.
    • n original Earliest condition; primal or primitive state; pristine condition, resources, etc.
    • n original First form; archetype; that which is copied, imitated, transcribed, or translated. Specifically — A person portrayed; a person as distinguished from his portrait, or from any work for which he serves as model or artistic motive.
    • n original A work of art as first produced, and contradistinguished from a replica or duplicate made by the artist himself, and from a copy, mechanical reproduction, or imitation.
    • n original A writing, document, or literary production, as distinguished from a transcription, paraphrase, modernization, or translation; also, the language in which a work was first composed.
    • n original A person who produces a novel and unique impression; a person of marked individuality of character; an eccentric person; an oddity.
    • original In geology, noting those constituent minerals of an igneous rock which have crystallized from fusion during the period of consolidation: contrasted with secondary, which describes a mineral produced by alteration or decay.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The sport of surfing originated in Hawaii
    • Original pertaining to the origin or beginning: first in order or existence: in the author's own words or from the artist's own pencil: not copied: not translated: having the power to originate, as thought
    • ***


  • Gaston Bachelard
    “There is no original truth, only original error.”
  • Billy Joel
    Billy Joel
    “I have a theory that the only original things we ever do are mistakes.”
  • Robert Collier
    “All riches have their origin in mind. Wealth is in ideas -- not money.”
  • Jorge Luis Borges
    “The original is unfaithful to the translation.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “The most original of authors are not so because they advance what is new, but more because they know how to say something, as if it had never been said before.”
  • Clement Greenberg
    Clement Greenberg
    “All profoundly original art looks ugly at first.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. original, L. originalis,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. origine—L. origo, originisorīri, to rise.


In literature:

Dickens's after-taste for theatricals might have had its origin in these small affairs.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
It is an original moment of a no less original history.
"Creative Evolution" by Henri Bergson
I regret that I could not place this remarkable drawing before my readers in the rich colouring of the original.
"The Care of Books" by John Willis Clark
BAGSHOT BEDS, in geology, a series of sands and clays of shallow-water origin, some being fresh-water, some marine.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
"Introduction to the History of Religions" by Crawford Howell Toy
There was, indeed, as yet nothing very striking or original in the conceptions of the young poet.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
England on the contrary does not search into, nor care for, the origin of those who bring energy or any other useful quality to her colonies.
"My Friends the Savages" by Giovanni Battista Cerruti
But the first laugh or one originally given, where does it get its origin?
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
Probably the building was not originally a church.
"Byzantine Churches in Constantinople" by Alexander Van Millingen
Acosta, Father Joseph, on origin of Indians, 14.
"Chronicles of Border Warfare" by Alexander Scott Withers

In poetry:

The soul, of origin divine,
God's glorious image freed from clay,
In heaven's eternal sphere shall shine,
A star of day!
"There is a calm for those who weep - 2" by James Montgomery
YOU perfect, pure, original,
Writ in a tongue unknown to all;
Translated, in some other sphere,
You may be read; but will not here.
"A Peculiar Person" by Gerald Massey
Stay as foam Aphrodite – Art –
and return, Word, where music begins:
and, fused with life’s origins,
be ashamed heart, of heart!
"Silentium" by Osip Emilevich Mandelstam
These were the days that filled the heart
With overflowing riches of
Life, in whose soul no dream shall start
But hath its origin in love.
"Days And Days" by Madison Julius Cawein
Beware of lying, whilst on earth;
The serpent gave to lying birth:
The truth, and nought but truth, still tell;
Lies owe their origin to hell!
"Godly Exhortations To A Child " by Rees Prichard
"For, oh! this face - this pointed chin -
This nose - this brow - these eyeballs too,
Have always been the origin
Of all the woes I ever knew!
"An Unfortunate Likeness" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Paris, Berlin, Monte Carlo—the Jet Set age of the 1960s is the setting for "Pan Am," the new original series by Sony Pictures.
Not yet 35, and already McDaniel, originally from Minneapolis, oversees CBS' top-rated daytime lineup, including The Young and the Restless, The Price Is Right and, her top priority, The Talk.
Originally published Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 3:02 PM.
It has a very similar gameplay to the original, with an extra added challenge.
These carpets and area rugs are similar to the original flat weaves manufactured in Scotland in the eighteenth century.
Originally aired on January 27, 2011.
New York's New Gay Synagogue Originally Designed by an Anti-Semite .
Originally published Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 4:11 PM.
Originally published Sunday, January 6, 2008 at 12:00 AM.
Houston Hot Spot Anvil Originated with the Written Word.
The spelling bee - originally scheduled for Wednesday, Feb 11 - was delayed when school was closed early that day and was held instead on Tuesday, Feb 17.
Origins of the Cold War.
Originally published Sunday, December 11, 2005 at 12:00 AM.
At that juncture, company officials obtained copies of the original assay certificates the lab had sent Paterson and found they didn't match the assays recorded on the company's databases.
Original Corvettes are the pride of the Bowling Green community.

In science:

The matrix ensembles discussed in this paper are stable with respect to matrix addition in the sense that the eigenvalue distribution for the matrix constructed as a sum of two independent matrices from the original ensemble H = H1 + H2 is identical as the the original one up to a trivial rescaling.
Random Levy Matrices Revisited
For these purposes, and in order both to see the connection with the original BCRW Trick and to use the original one, we state the desired situation in some generality.
Presentations of finite simple groups: a quantitative approach
Let Ω be a symplectic form defined in a small (contractible) neighborhood of the origin, such that Ω(0) is of type (1,1) and positive (Kahler at the origin).
A higher dimensional generalization of taut foliations
The result for any other point z and the radial segment joining it to the origin, or more generally a curve γ joining it to the origin, follows from the previous ideas applied to the hamiltonian of −Im(F ◦ h), where F : C → C is a diffeomorphism fixing the origin which sends γ to [0, r0 ], for some r0 > 0.
A higher dimensional generalization of taut foliations
For z in a fixed line through the origin, the corresponding lagrangian spheres together with the origin are the union of the stable and unstable manifold for the hamiltonian of −Im(F ◦ h), where F is the rotation of angle θ.
A higher dimensional generalization of taut foliations