1. Pertaining to the origin or beginning; preceding all others; first in order; primitive; primary; pristine; as, the original state of man; the original laws of a country; the original inventor of a process. His form had yet not lost All her original brightness. (milton)
2. Not copied, imitated, or translated; new; fresh; genuine; as, an original thought; an original process; the original text of Scripture.
3. Having the power to suggest new thoughts or combinations of thought; inventive; as, an original genius.
4. Before unused or unknown; new; as, a book full of original matter. Original sin, the first sin of adam, as related to its consequences to his descendants of the human race; called also total depravity. See Calvinism.
Origin: F. Original, L. Originalis.
1. Origin; commencement; source. It hath it original from much grief. (Shak) And spangled heavens, a shining frame, Their great Original proclaim. (Addison)
2. That which precedes all others of its class; archetype; first copy; hence, an original work of art, manuscript, text, and the like, as distinguished from a copy, translation, etc. The Scriptures may be now read in their own original. (milton)
3. An original thinker or writer; an originator. Men who are bad at copying, yet are good originals. (C. G. Leland)
4. A person of marked eccentricity.
5. (Science: zoology) The natural or wild species from which a domesticated or cultivated variety has been derived; as, the wolf is thought by some to be the original of the dog, the plum.
Origin: Cf. F. Original.