original

When you buy a car from its original owner, you know it's only been owned by one person. Original means "the very first."

Original comes from the Latin word originem, which means "beginning or birth." Whether you're using it as an adjective to describe something that is literally the very first, or as a noun meaning something that serves as a model for making copies, original means "first." Even when you describe an original idea, meaning "something fresh or unusual," you're talking about the first idea of its kind.

Definitions of original
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adj 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”
Synonyms:
first
preceding all others in time or space or degree

adj 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”
Synonyms:
unconventional
not conforming to accepted rules or standards
creative, originative
having the ability or power to create
first
preceding all others in time or space or degree
avant-garde, daring
radically new or original
freehand, freehanded
done by hand without mechanical aids or devices
fresh, new, novel
original and of a kind not seen before
germinal, originative, seminal
containing seeds of later development
groundbreaking, innovational, innovative
being or producing something like nothing done or experienced or created before
new, newfangled
(of a new kind or fashion) gratuitously new
underivative
not derivative or imitative
primary
of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary
Antonyms:
unoriginal
not original; not being or productive of something fresh and unusual
conventional
following accepted customs and proprieties
uncreative
not creative
stale
lacking freshness, palatability, or showing deterioration from age
banal, commonplace, hackneyed, old-hat, shopworn, stock, threadbare, timeworn, tired, trite, well-worn
repeated too often; overfamiliar through overuse
bromidic, corny, platitudinal, platitudinous
dull and tiresome but with pretensions of significance or originality
cliched, ready-made
repeated regularly without thought or originality
cold, dusty, moth-eaten, stale
lacking originality or spontaneity; no longer new
slavish
blindly imitative
secondary
being of second rank or importance or value; not direct or immediate
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adj not derived or copied or translated from something else

“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”
Synonyms:
underived
not derived; primary or simple

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

“his work is based on only original, not secondary, sources”
Synonyms:
primary
of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary

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

Synonyms:
master, master copy
Type of:
creation
an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone

n something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies

“this painting is a copy of the original
Synonyms:
archetype, pilot
Type of:
example, model
a representative form or pattern

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