Definition of origin
- the origin of life on Earth
- The word "algebra" is of Arabic origin.
- the origin of the custom
- a spring is the origin of the brook
Her ethnic origins are French.
the origins of human language remain a matter of considerable debate
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: 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
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