origin

noun
or·i·gin | \ ˈȯr-ə-jən , ˈär- \

Definition of origin 

1 : ancestry, parentage was of humble origin She is of French origin.

2a : rise, beginning, or derivation from a source the origin of life on Earth The word "algebra" is of Arabic origin.

b : the point at which something begins or rises or from which it derives the origin of the custom also : something that creates, causes, or gives rise to another a spring is the origin of the brook

3 : the more fixed, central, or larger attachment of a muscle

4 : the intersection of coordinate axes

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origin, source, inception, root mean the point at which something begins its course or existence. origin applies to the things or persons from which something is ultimately derived and often to the causes operating before the thing itself comes into being. an investigation into the origin of baseball source applies more often to the point where something springs into being. the source of the Nile the source of recurrent trouble inception stresses the beginning of something without implying causes. the business has been a success since its inception root suggests a first, ultimate, or fundamental source often not easily discerned. the real root of the violence

Examples of origin in a Sentence

Her ethnic origins are French. the origins of human language remain a matter of considerable debate

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Instead, slaughter would take place in the countries of the animals' origin, and the meat would be imported. Jewish Journal, "New bill will end Israeli imports of live animals for meat," 11 July 2018 While Mexico is still the most common country of origin for families arrested at the border, in the last eight months Honduras has become the fastest-growing category as compared to fiscal year 2017. Time, "Toddlers Separated From Parents at the Border Are Being Detained in 'Tender Age' Shelters," 20 June 2018 While Mexico is still the most common country of origin for families arrested at the border, in the last eight months Honduras has become the fastest-growing category as compared to fiscal year 2017. CBS News, "AP: Gov't holding "tender age" migrant kids in at least 3 shelters," 20 June 2018 While Mexico is still the most common country of origin for families arrested at the border, in the last eight months Honduras has become the fastest-growing category as compared to fiscal year 2017. NBC News, "Trump officials send migrant babies, toddlers to 'tender age' shelters," 20 June 2018 While Mexico is still the most common country of origin for families arrested at the border, in the last eight months Honduras has become the fastest-growing category as compared to fiscal year 2017. Garance Burke And Martha Mendoza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Youngest migrants held in ‘tender age’ shelters," 19 June 2018 Prosecutors said the cause and origin of the explosion remained under investigation by their office and the county fire marshal, but no foul play is suspected. Fox News, "Prosecutor: 2 dead in house blast, no foul play suspected," 7 July 2018 Others that were removed included those focusing on the rights of refugees and people granted asylum to work and federal protections against discrimination based on national origin. Jaweed Kaleem, latimes.com, "Trump administration rescinds Obama-era policies encouraging affirmative action and backs race-neutral school admissions," 4 July 2018 The commission asks the court to enjoin Halliburton from discriminating on the basis of national origin and religion. Bloomberg, Houston Chronicle, "Halliburton sued by EEOC for allowing harassment of Muslims," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of origin

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for origin

Middle English origine, from Latin origin-, origo, from oriri to rise — more at orient

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origin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of origin

: the point or place where something begins or is created : the source or cause of something

: the place, social situation, or type of family that a person comes from

origin

noun
or·i·gin | \ ˈȯr-ə-jən \

Kids Definition of origin

1 : basic source or cause The origin of their quarrel is not known.

2 : a person's ancestry They are people of humble origin.

3 : the rise or beginning from a source The story has its origin in fact.

4 : the point where the reference axes meet in a graph or coordinate plane

origin

noun
or·i·gin | \ ˈȯr-ə-jən, ˈär- \

Medical Definition of origin 

1 : the point at which something begins or rises or from which it derives

2 : the more fixed, central, or larger attachment of a muscle — compare insertion sense 1

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Britannica English: Translation of origin for Arabic Speakers

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