Definition of origin noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɒrɪdʒɪn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrɪdʒɪn//
    [countable, uncountable] (also origins [plural])
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  1. 1  the 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 Wales.
  2. 2  a 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)
  3. Word Originearly 16th cent.: from French origine, from Latin origo, origin-, from oriri ‘to rise’.Extra examples He had risen from humble origins through hard work. He is a Londoner by origin. He was of humble origins. Her accent betrayed her working-class origins. Her family is Portuguese in origin. Population genetics owes its origin to Francis Galton. The custom has its origin in an ancient festival. The development had its immediate origins in discussions with management. The dispute had its origin in the Battle of Wakefield. The label tells you the country of origin. The name suggests a possible African origin. The origins of Gdańsk go back to the tenth century. The rock is volcanic in origin. The term ‘black hole’ is of very recent origin. The vases share common origins. Their family can trace its origins back to the Norman Conquest. We shouldn’t forget our animal origins. a letter of doubtful origin a painting of unknown origin foods of animal origin Most coughs are viral in origin. The TV series examines the origins of life on earth. a person’s country of origin
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