Definitions for (noun) original

Main entry: master, master copy, original

Definition: an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made


Main entry: original, archetype, pilot

Definition: something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies

Usage: this painting is a copy of the original

Definitions for (adjective) original

Main entry: original

Definition: not derived or copied or translated from something else

Usage: 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


Main entry: original

Definition: preceding all others in time or being as first made or performed

Usage: 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


Main entry: original

Definition: being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of

Usage: a truly original approach; with original music; an original mind


Main entry: original

Definition: (of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary

Usage: his work is based on only original, not secondary, sources