Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

  

English definition of “original”

original

adjective     /əˈrɪdʒənəl/
spoken , written, or existing first: The final cost was much greater than the contractor's original estimate . We have more than doubled our original investment . His original plan was to stay two to three years , but he loved the job so much that he has never left . Please do not send original documents with your application .
not the same as anything or anyone else and for that reason special and interesting : original idea/suggestion, etc. We need some original ideas that will increase sales . She's a highly original young designer .
(Definition of original adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Focus on the pronunciation of original

Definitions of “original” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

cookery

the skill or activity of preparing and cooking food

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More