how to pronounce original


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the above transcription of original is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

original is pronounced in four syllables

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An example use of original in a speech by a native speaker of standard german:

“… was anders war als beim original und mir …”

meanings of original


  1. A unique and interesting individual.
  2. Original.
  3. Character; original (one who is charismatic and funny, especially in a way considered typical of a region or a social group).
  4. Eccentric; zany person.


  1. Original.

original frequency in german - B1 level of CEFR

the word original occurs in german on average 35.1 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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