Synonyms for original

Synonyms for (noun) original

Synonyms: master, master copy, original

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

Similar words: creation

Definition: an artifact that has been brought into existence by someone


Synonyms: original, archetype, pilot

Definition: something that serves as a model or a basis for making copies

Usage: this painting is a copy of the original

Similar words: example, model

Definition: a representative form or pattern

Usage: I profited from his example

Synonyms for (adjective) original

Synonyms: original

Definition: not derived or copied or translated from something else

Usage: 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

Similar words: underived

Definition: not derived; primary or simple


Synonyms: original

Definition: preceding all others in time or being as first made or performed

Usage: 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

Similar words: first

Definition: preceding all others in time or space or degree

Usage: the first house on the right; the first day of spring; his first political race; her first baby; the first time; the first meetings of the new party; the first phase of his training


Synonyms: original

Definition: being or productive of something fresh and unusual; or being as first made or thought of

Usage: a truly original approach; with original music; an original mind

Similar words: avant-garde, daring

Definition: radically new or original

Usage: an avant-garde theater piece


Similar words: freehand, freehanded

Definition: done by hand without mechanical aids or devices

Usage: a freehand drawing


Similar words: fresh, new, novel

Definition: original and of a kind not seen before

Usage: the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem


Similar words: originative, germinal, seminal

Definition: containing seeds of later development

Usage: seminal ideas of one discipline can influence the growth of another


Similar words: groundbreaking, innovational, innovative

Definition: being or producing something like nothing done or experienced or created before

Usage: stylistically innovative works; innovative members of the artistic community; a mind so innovational, so original


Similar words: new, newfangled

Definition: (of a new kind or fashion) gratuitously new

Usage: newfangled ideas; she buys all these new-fangled machines and never uses them


Similar words: underivative

Definition: not derivative or imitative

Usage: a natural underivative poet


Synonyms: original

Definition: (of e.g. information) not secondhand or by way of something intermediary

Usage: his work is based on only original, not secondary, sources

Similar words: primary

Definition: of first rank or importance or value; direct and immediate rather than secondary

Usage: primary goals; a primary effect; primary sources; a primary interest