Pronunciation: (u-rij'u-nl-ē),[key] —adv. 1. with respect to origin; by origin: Originally he came from California. 2. at the origin; at first: Originally this was to be in three volumes. 3. in the first place; primarily: Originally nomads, they first learned agriculture from the missionaries. 4. in an original, novel, or distinctively individual manner: Originally planned houses are much in demand. 5. Archaic.from the beginning; from the first; inherently.