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"original" in American English

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originalnoun [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.

originaladjective [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.
(Definition of original from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"original" in British English

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originaladjective

uk   /əˈrɪdʒ.ən.əl/  us   /əˈrɪdʒ.ən.əl/
  • 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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originalnoun [C]

uk   /əˈrɪdʒ.ən.əl/  us   /əˈrɪdʒ.ən.əl/
B2 the first one made and not a copy: Can you give me the original of your report? I can't read this copy.
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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(Definition of original from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"original" in Business English

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originaladjective

uk   us   /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.

originalnoun [C]

uk   us   /əˈrɪdʒənəl/
the first one made and not a copy: Can you let me have the original of your report? Sign the original and return it to us, keeping the copy for your records. The new version is worse in every respect - I much preferred the original.
(Definition of original from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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