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Definition of origin noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈɑrədʒən//
    [countable, uncountable] (also origins [plural])
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  1. 1the point from which something starts; the cause of something the origins of life on earth Most coughs are viral in origin (= caused by a virus). The origin of the word remains obscure. This particular custom has its origins in the South.
  2. 2a person's social and family background She has risen from humble origins to immense wealth. children of various ethnic origins people of German origin a person's country of origin (= where they were born)
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