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original

noun [C]  us   /əˈrɪdʒ·ə·nəl/
the first one made and not a copy: Send a copy of your receipt, but keep the original. An original is also a piece of work by an artist or designer and not a copy by someone else. Someone who is an original behaves or speaks in a way that is not like other people.

original

adjective [not gradable]  us   /əˈrɪdʒ·ə·nəl/
in the earliest form of something, or in the form that existed at the beginning: The original plans have been changed. Original can also mean different from anything or anyone else and therefore new and interesting: Our teacher said we’d better come up with something original. An original piece of work, such as a painting or drawing, is produced by the artist or writer and is not a copy.
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