origin

origin
or|i|gin [ `ɔrədʒın ] noun ***
1. ) origin or origins count the place or moment where something begins to exist:
origin of: Meteorites may hold clues about the origin of life on Earth.
origin in: The country's constitution had its origins in Roman law.
something owes its origin to someone/something: The collection owes its origin to an anonymous donation of drawings.
trace your origins (=follow the history of your development): The college can trace its origins back to the 18th century.
2. ) count or uncount often plural the country, race, or social situation that someone comes from: BACKGROUND:
She tries to hide her upper-class origins, but her accent gives her away.
humble origins: Despite his humble origins, Steen went on to become a member of Congress.
ethnic/racial origin: All the children will be treated equally, regardless of ethnic origin.
country/place/state of origin FORMAL
the place where someone or something comes from
of recent origin FORMAL
something of recent origin has not existed or been in use for long:
The term black hole is of fairly recent origin.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • origin — origin, source, inception, root, provenance, provenience, prime mover denote the point at which something (as a process, a growth, a development, a custom, a habit, or an institution) begins its course or its existence. Origin applies chiefly to… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Origin — Or i*gin, n. [F. origine, L. origo, iginis, fr. oriri to rise, become visible; akin to Gr. orny nai to stir up, rouse, Skr. [.r], and perh. to E. run.] [1913 Webster] 1. The first existence or beginning of anything; the birth. [1913 Webster] This …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • origin — [ôr′ə jin, är′ə jin] n. [ME origyne < MFr origine < L origo (gen. originis) < oriri, to rise: see ORIENT] 1. a coming into existence or use; beginning 2. parentage; birth; lineage 3. that in which something has its beginning; source;… …   English World dictionary

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  • origin — [n1] cause, basis agent, ancestor, ancestry, antecedent, author, base, causality, causation, connection, creator, derivation, determinant, egg*, element, embryo, fountain, generator, germ, horse’s mouth*, impulse, inception, inducement, influence …   New thesaurus

  • origin — ► NOUN 1) the point where something begins or arises. 2) a person s social background or ancestry. 3) Mathematics a fixed point from which coordinates are measured. ORIGIN Latin origo, from oriri to rise …   English terms dictionary

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