Definition of originally in English:



  • 1From or in the beginning; at first.

    ‘potatoes originally came from South America’
    • ‘The company was originally based in Edinburgh before moving to Biggar and then Symington.’
    • ‘Duncker had originally imagined this novel as a series of Gothic short stories.’
    • ‘I have yet to determine the name of the artist originally sited in the blog.’
    • ‘The history behind the pond is a little cloudy and Mr Caygill believes it was originally a village green.’
    • ‘Born into a high-ranking family, Rubens had originally been lined up for a career as a lawyer.’
    • ‘The pictures were originally taken to promote a big new film, which never actually made it to a big new screen.’
    • ‘The new facility off Leeds Road was originally planned to be opened at the beginning of last year.’
    • ‘He added, however, that the study would not now begin in October, as originally planned.’
    • ‘The weekly collection was originally introduced to help combat such problems.’
    • ‘They were originally going to play a couple of dates, but are now doing a tour of Scotland, playing as they go.’
    • ‘The hall was built in 1700 and was originally home to the wealthy Radcliffe family.’
    • ‘We bought it originally for our CD-writer, so that we could easily move it between our PCs.’
    • ‘The scheme, originally given council backing three years ago, has caused uproar.’
    • ‘Many of these schools were originally set up as charities and it would seem inconsistent to change that.’
    • ‘The park was originally the site of Manningham Hall, home of the Lister family.’
    • ‘Akita dogs were originally used in Japan to hunt bears and are among the largest and heaviest dogs in the world.’
    • ‘The garden was originally laid out in the 1740s as an ornamental flower and fruit garden.’
    • ‘He was originally a teacher, and had taught science at night classes in York.’
    • ‘However, the ban will come in later than originally envisaged, a major Spanish victory.’
    • ‘The flats were originally owned by the council but later taken over by New Charter Housing Trust.’
    at first, first, at the beginning, in the beginning, to begin with, initially, in the first place, at the start, at the outset, in the first instance, from day one
    from the word go
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  • 2In a novel and inventive way.

    ‘the suggestions so originally and persuasively outlined’
    • ‘By far the best bar in Barcelona, it's low-lit and very originally furnished, with a terrifically warm and friendly atmosphere.’
    • ‘I knew I would have to prove that I was still thinking originally, which is what everybody has to do to get research grants.’