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. [R.]
"Men who are bad at copying, yet are good originals." -- C. G. Leland.
4. A person of marked eccentricity. [Colloq.]
5. (Zoöl. & Bot.) 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 blackthorn the original of the plum.