Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “original”

original

adjective
 
 
/əˈrɪdʒənəl/
INTERESTING B1 special and interesting because of not being the same as others: Her essay was full of original ideas. He's a highly original thinker.Inventing, designing and innovationCreating and producing
FIRST [always before noun] B1 existing since the beginning, or being the earliest form of something: His original plan was to stay for a week, but he ended up staying for a month. Do you still have the original version of this document?First and firstly
(Definition of original adjective from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More Learner's Dictionary definitions for “original”

Definitions of “original” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

dawn on sb

If a fact dawns on you, you understand it after a period of not understanding it.

Word of the Day

Highly delighted, bitterly disappointed, ridiculously cheap: adverbs for emphasis.

by Liz Walter,
October 22, 2014
We often make adjectives stronger by putting an adverb in front of them. The most common ones are very and, for a stronger meaning, extremely: He was very pleased. The ship is extremely large. However, we don’t use very or extremely for adjectives that already have a strong meaning, for example fantastic,

Read More 

life tracking noun

October 20, 2014
the use of one or more devices or apps to monitor health, exercise, how time is spent, etc.

Read More