Origin - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈɔːrɪdʒɪn|  American pronunciation of the word origin
Brit.  |ˈɒrɪdʒɪn|  British pronunciation of the word origin


- the place where something begins, where it springs into being(syn: beginning, root, rootage, source)
- properties attributable to your ancestry(syn: descent, extraction)
- an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events (syn: inception, origination)
- the point of intersection of coordinate axes; where the values of the coordinates are all zero
- the source of something's existence or from which it derives or is derived
- the descendants of one individual (syn: ancestry, blood, bloodline, descent, line, lineage, parentage, pedigree, stemma, stock)


Her ethnic origins are French.

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

Most coughs are viral in origin.

The word is French in origin.

The tradition has its origins in the Middle Ages.

All meat should be clearly labelled with its country of origin.

Two thirds of the pupils are of Asian origin.

The form asks for information about the person's ethnic origin.

Immigrants rarely return to their country of origin.

She never forgot her humble origins (=low class or social position).

Greece is called the origin of civilization

Jupiter was the origin of the radiation

the rumor had its origin in idle gossip

Science gives us clues about the origin of the universe.

...compartment the responses according to country of origin...

Word forms

singular: origin
plural: origins
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