AskDefine | Define origin

Dictionary Definition



1 the place where something begins, where it springs into being; "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation"; "Pittsburgh is the source of the Ohio River"; "communism's Russian root" [syn: beginning, root, rootage, source]
2 properties attributable to your ancestry; "he comes from good origins" [syn: descent, extraction]
3 an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events [syn: origination, inception]
4 the point of intersection of coordinate axes; where the values of the coordinates are all zero
5 the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has been warriors" [syn: lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, parentage, stemma, stock]

User Contributed Dictionary




From origine, from origo.


  1. the source of a river, information, goods, etc.
  2. The point at which the axes of a coordinate system intersect
  3. the beginning of something
  4. ancestry


Related terms

See also


Extensive Definition

Origin is a word meaning "beginning." In this sense, it may refer to:
The term is also used in the names of various organisations, events, and creative works, including:



Popular culture

Film & Television



See also

origin in Aragonese: Orichen
origin in German: Ursprung
origin in French: Origin (homonymie)
origin in Dutch: Oorsprong
origin in Russian: Origin

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

A, alpha, ancestry, babyhood, base, basis, beginning, beginnings, birth, birthplace, blast-off, blood, childhood, commencement, comparative linguistics, conception, cradle, creation, cutting edge, dawn, dawning, derivation, descent, edge, eponymy, establishment, etymology, extraction, flying start, folk etymology, foundation, fount, fountain, fresh start, freshman year, genealogy, genesis, grass roots, head, heritage, historical linguistics, inauguration, inception, inchoation, incipience, incipiency, incunabula, infancy, institution, jump-off, kick-off, launch, launching, leading edge, lineage, maternity, nascence, nascency, nativity, new departure, oncoming, onset, opening, original, origination, origins, outbreak, outset, parentage, parturition, paternity, pedigree, pregnancy, provenance, provenience, radical, radix, rise, root, running start, semantic history, send-off, setting in motion, setting-up, source, square one, start, start-off, starting point, stem, stock, take-off, taproot, well, wellspring, whence, word history, youth
Privacy Policy, About Us, Terms and Conditions, Contact Us
Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2
Material from Wikipedia, Wiktionary, Dict
Valid HTML 4.01 Strict, Valid CSS Level 2.1