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adjective uk   us   /əˈrɪdʒ.ɪ.nəl/

original adjective (FIRST MADE)

B1 [usually before noun] existing since the beginning, or being the earliest form of something: Is this the original fireplace? The gardens have recently been restored to their original glory.B2 [usually before noun] An original piece of work, such as a painting, etc. is produced by the artist and not a copy: an original drawing/manuscript Is this an original Rembrandt? (= Was it painted by him?)
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original adjective (DIFFERENT)

B1 approving not the same as anything or anyone else and therefore special and interesting: original ideas/suggestions/work She's a highly original young designer.
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noun [C] uk   us   /əˈrɪdʒ.ɪ.nəl/
B2 the first one made and not a copy: Can you let me have the original of your report? I can't read this photocopy.B2 a piece of work by a famous artist or designer and not a copy by someone else: If the painting is an original, it will be very valuable.in the original If you read something in the original, you read it in the language in which it was first written.
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