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origin

noun or·i·gin \ ˈȯr-ə-jən , ˈär- \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of origin

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

  1. Her ethnic origins are French.

  2. the origins of human language remain a matter of considerable debate

Recent Examples of origin from the Web

  • But hip-hop’s origin story wouldn’t be complete without mention of Uncle Jamm’s Army, the Los Angeles DJ crew who planted the seeds for West Coast rap around the same time.
    zoie matthew, Los Angeles Magazine, "Early Hip-Hop Fans Rejoice—Ice-T’s Old DJ Crew is Getting Their Own Holiday," 27 Oct. 2017
  • My head snapped in all directions, looking for the origin of the gunfire.
    andrew mccarthy, New York Times, "Up Close With the Tribes of Ethiopia’s Imperiled Omo Valley," 30 Oct. 2017
  • Alabama is the home of B.A.S.S. and is known as the origin of modern big-money bass tournaments.
    frank sargeant, AL.com, "Alabama Bass Trail generates $3.1M in economic benefits," 22 Oct. 2017
  • On the origin of the lizards The Lazarus lizards originally answered to Podarcis muralis, the scientific name assigned to our lizards' Old World forebears.
    carol motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "They came from Italy. Now, they outnumber us all.," 31 Aug. 2017
  • Think of the origins of the monotheistic religions.
    matthew hutson, Science | AAAS, "Why do people die fighting for a cause?," 5 Sep. 2017
  • If they don’t get married before the 90 days are up, their partners are sent back to their country of origin.
    sarah hagi, The Cut, "90 Day Fiancé Is the Best Worst Show on Television," 20 Oct. 2017
  • The persecution of the Rohingya reaches back to the origins of Myanmar — once called Burma — and is deeply intertwined with the country’s Buddhist tradition.
    jen kirby, Daily Intelligencer, "What the Hell Is Happening in Myanmar?," 15 Sep. 2017
  • Though many theories exist about the true origin of bridesmaids and bridal parties, the most ancient reference stems from the Bible, from when Jacob married both Leah and Rachel, and each woman was required to bring her own maid.
    lindsay tigar, Vogue, "Do You Really Need Bridesmaids?," 6 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'origin.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of origin

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

origin Synonyms

Synonyms
cradle, font, fountain, fountainhead, source, root, seedbed, spring, well, wellspring
Antonyms
issue, posterity, progeny, seed
Related Words
beginning, commencement, dawn, day one, genesis, get-go (also git-go), inception, incipience, incipiency, kickoff, launch, morning, nascence, nascency, onset, outset, start, threshold; baseline, first base, ground zero, square one
Near Antonyms
offspring; child, heir, inheritor, son, successor

Synonym Discussion of origin

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


ORIGIN Defined for English Language Learners

origin

noun

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

origin

noun or·i·gin \ ˈȯr-ə-jən \

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

Medical Dictionary

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 1

Learn More about origin

  1. Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for origin Spanish Central: Translation of origin Nglish: Translation of origin for Spanish speakers Britannica English: Translation of origin for Arabic speakers


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origin

noun or·i·gin \ ˈȯr-ə-jən , ˈär- \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of origin

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

  1. Her ethnic origins are French.

  2. the origins of human language remain a matter of considerable debate

Recent Examples of origin from the Web

  • But hip-hop’s origin story wouldn’t be complete without mention of Uncle Jamm’s Army, the Los Angeles DJ crew who planted the seeds for West Coast rap around the same time.
    zoie matthew, Los Angeles Magazine, "Early Hip-Hop Fans Rejoice—Ice-T’s Old DJ Crew is Getting Their Own Holiday," 27 Oct. 2017
  • My head snapped in all directions, looking for the origin of the gunfire.
    andrew mccarthy, New York Times, "Up Close With the Tribes of Ethiopia’s Imperiled Omo Valley," 30 Oct. 2017
  • Alabama is the home of B.A.S.S. and is known as the origin of modern big-money bass tournaments.
    frank sargeant, AL.com, "Alabama Bass Trail generates $3.1M in economic benefits," 22 Oct. 2017
  • On the origin of the lizards The Lazarus lizards originally answered to Podarcis muralis, the scientific name assigned to our lizards' Old World forebears.
    carol motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "They came from Italy. Now, they outnumber us all.," 31 Aug. 2017
  • Think of the origins of the monotheistic religions.
    matthew hutson, Science | AAAS, "Why do people die fighting for a cause?," 5 Sep. 2017
  • If they don’t get married before the 90 days are up, their partners are sent back to their country of origin.
    sarah hagi, The Cut, "90 Day Fiancé Is the Best Worst Show on Television," 20 Oct. 2017
  • The persecution of the Rohingya reaches back to the origins of Myanmar — once called Burma — and is deeply intertwined with the country’s Buddhist tradition.
    jen kirby, Daily Intelligencer, "What the Hell Is Happening in Myanmar?," 15 Sep. 2017
  • Though many theories exist about the true origin of bridesmaids and bridal parties, the most ancient reference stems from the Bible, from when Jacob married both Leah and Rachel, and each woman was required to bring her own maid.
    lindsay tigar, Vogue, "Do You Really Need Bridesmaids?," 6 Oct. 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'origin.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Origin and Etymology of origin

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

origin Synonyms

Synonyms
cradle, font, fountain, fountainhead, source, root, seedbed, spring, well, wellspring
Antonyms
issue, posterity, progeny, seed
Related Words
beginning, commencement, dawn, day one, genesis, get-go (also git-go), inception, incipience, incipiency, kickoff, launch, morning, nascence, nascency, onset, outset, start, threshold; baseline, first base, ground zero, square one
Near Antonyms
offspring; child, heir, inheritor, son, successor

Synonym Discussion of origin

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


ORIGIN Defined for English Language Learners

origin

noun

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

origin

noun or·i·gin \ ˈȯr-ə-jən \

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

Medical Dictionary

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 1

Learn More about origin

  1. Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for origin Spanish Central: Translation of origin Nglish: Translation of origin for Spanish speakers Britannica English: Translation of origin for Arabic speakers


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non sequitur

play

an inference not connected logically

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BROWSE DICTIONARY

Origenism
Origenist
origin
original
original bid

Test Your Vocabulary

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  • bean / bee raspberry / wasp
  • rhinoceros / unicorn floret / fly
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