Originality is the quality of being new and inventive. A composer who writes a symphony to be played by car horns and cell phones shows great originality.

When something is original, it is creative and not derived from something else. It's fresh. Originality refers to the quality of being original and new. Inventors are full of originality: they need to think of brand new ideas and products. A great artist is full of originality, especially when coming up with new and surprising types of art. If something is just like other things, it shows no originality. True originality is a rare thing.

Definitions of originality
  1. noun
    the quality of being new and original (not derived from something else)
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    the quality of being unoriginal
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    freshness, novelty
    originality by virtue of being refreshingly novel
    heterodoxy, unorthodoxy
    the quality of being unorthodox
    unorthodoxy by virtue of being unconventional
    unorthodoxy as a consequence of not conforming to expected standards or values
    type of:
    an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone
  2. noun
    the ability to think and act independently
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    originality by virtue of introducing new ideas
    originality by virtue of being unconventional
    freshness, novelty
    originality by virtue of being new and surprising
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    ability, power
    possession of the qualities (especially mental qualities) required to do something or get something done
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