Synonyms of original


1. master, master copy, original, creation

usage: an original creation (i.e., an audio recording) from which copies can be made

2. original, archetype, pilot, model, example

usage: something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies; "this painting is a copy of the original"


1. original, first (vs. last)

usage: preceding all others in time or being as first made or performed; "the original inhabitants of the Americas"; "the book still has its original binding"; "restored the house to its original condition"; "the original performance of the opera"; "the original cast"; "retracted his original statement"

2. original, primary (vs. secondary)

usage: (of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary; "his work is based on only original, not secondary, sources"

3. original (vs. unoriginal), avant-garde, daring, freehand, freehanded, fresh, new, novel, germinal, originative, seminal, innovative, innovational, groundbreaking, newfangled, new, underivative, creative#1, originative, first, primary, unconventional

usage: being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of; "a truly original approach"; "with original music"; "an original mind"

4. original, underived (vs. derived)

usage: not derived or copied or translated from something else; "the play is original; not an adaptation"; "he kept the original copy and gave her only a xerox"; "the translation misses much of the subtlety of the original French"

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Definition and meaning of original (Dictionary)