Definition of 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
Examples of origin in a sentence
Her ethnic origins are French.
the origins of human language remain a matter of considerable debate
Origin and Etymology of origin
Middle English origine, from Latin origin-, origo, from oriri to rise — more at orient
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of origin
ORIGIN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of origin for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of origin for Students
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
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