Definition of "origin" []

  • The point at which something comes into existence or from which it derives or is derived. (noun)
  • Ancestry: "We cannot escape our origins, however hard we try” ( James Baldwin). (noun)
  • The fact of originating; rise or derivation: The rumor had its origin in an impulsive remark. (noun)
  • Anatomy The point of attachment of a muscle that remains relatively fixed during contraction. (noun)
  • Mathematics The point of intersection of coordinate axes, as in the Cartesian coordinate system. (noun)
  • A primary source; derivation (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • The beginning of something; first stage or part (noun)
  • Ancestry or parentage; birth; extraction (noun)
  • The end of a muscle, opposite its point of insertion (noun)
  • The beginning of a nerve or blood vessel or the site where it first starts to branch out (noun)
  • The point of intersection of coordinate axes or planes (noun)
  • The point whose coordinates are all zero (noun)
  • The country from which a commodity or product originates (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "origin" in a sentence
  • "Also Middle Eastern in origin is shanklish (sometimes spelled shanclish) made with either cow's or sheep's milk, formed into balls about 2 ½ inches in diameter and covered with zatar seasoning made with crushed sesame seeds, thyme and sumac berries."
  • "Sante Maure, also French in origin, is an aged goat's milk cheese, or chevre, with a nutty flavor and aroma and a thin, smooth, blue-gray molding."
  • "Misusing words of Latin origin is a common phenomenon."