be·​gin·​ning | \ bi-ˈgi-niŋ How to pronounce beginning (audio) , bē- \

Definition of beginning

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the point at which something begins : start It was clear from the beginning that she would win.
2 : the first part We missed the beginning of the movie.
3 : origin, source No one remembers what the beginning of the feud was.
4 : a rudimentary stage or early period usually used in plural the company's modest beginnings in an old warehouseShe came from humble beginnings.



Definition of beginning (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : just starting out a beginning writer
2a : being first or the first part the beginning chapters
b : introductory beginning chemistry

Examples of beginning in a Sentence

Noun Go back to the beginning of the song. We were late, so we missed the beginning of the movie. The changes that have been made so far are just the beginning. There are many more changes still to come. He came from humble beginnings. the company's modest beginnings in an old warehouse Adjective the beginning part of the book is a portrait of Europe on the eve of the World War I a course in beginning geology for nonscience majors See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun ForeveAndEverNoMore represents a new beginning and a premature end. Ew Staff,, 30 Sep. 2022 American leaders and pundits have been trying to call an end to the pandemic since its beginning, only to be faced with new surges or variants. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 30 Sep. 2022 Highways and chains have been linked from the beginning, when a burgeoning car culture and a fast-metastasizing web of interstates gave rise to the roadside Howard Johnsons, one of America’s first great chains. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2022 In a press release following the show—with the ‘Salvatore’ notably missing from the name—the designer said this was a new beginning. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Sep. 2022 The compensation set forth in the resolution would become effective beginning with those members of the County Council taking office after the next general election. Baltimore Sun Staff, Baltimore Sun, 28 Sep. 2022 While the Kia Forum show is not streaming, The Times’ Mikael Wood will be reporting live beginning just before 7 p.m. Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2022 The clerkship was one more rung up from a hardscrabble beginning. CBS News, 27 Sep. 2022 Executive Director Steve Bardy said the ceremony reflected the end of a painful night and a new beginning for the organization. Nelly Ontiveros Cervantes, Orlando Sentinel, 27 Sep. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There from day one From the very beginning, common marmoset dads are there to help. Bridget E. Hamilton, National Geographic, 16 June 2020 This year, the same core four returns, however, Glendale coach Anthony Mohr has seven beginning golfers added to the team that will help build the future of the program. Glendale News-Press, 4 Sep. 2019 At the very beginning stages of our company, nobody had a lot of experience doing this. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, 8 June 2018 View the tour magazine online beginning June 2, contact the HCBA office at 817-573-4007 or email to request a free copy of the official tour magazine or to obtain a list of locations where a magazine may be picked up. star-telegram, 2 June 2017 Involving your makeup artist and hair stylist from the very beginning stages of the wedding planning process is a good way to ensure cohesiveness. Meg Storm, Town & Country, 4 Oct. 2016 See More

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First Known Use of beginning


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beginning


Middle English biginning, from gerund of beginnen "to begin"


from present participle of begin

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The first known use of beginning was in the 12th century

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beginner's luck


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3 Oct 2022

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“Beginning.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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be·​gin·​ning | \ bi-ˈgi-niŋ How to pronounce beginning (audio) \

Kids Definition of beginning

1 : the point at which something begins the beginning of the year
2 : the first part the beginning of the song

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