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Noun: origin  or-u-jun [N. Amer], ó-ri-jin [Brit]
  1. The place where something begins, where it springs into being
    "Jupiter was the origin of the radiation";
    - beginning, root, rootage, source
  2. Properties attributable to your ancestry
    "he comes from good origins";
    - descent, extraction
  3. An event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
    - origination, inception
  4. The point of intersection of coordinate axes; where the values of the coordinates are all zero
  5. The source of something's existence or from which it derives or is derived
    "the rumour had its origin in idle gossip"; "vegetable origins"; "mineral origin"; "origin in sensation"
  6. The hereditary derivation of an individual
    "his entire origin has been warriors";
    - lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, parentage, stemma, stock

Derived forms: origins

Type of: ancestry, beginning, derivation, family tree, filiation, genealogy, intersection, lineage, point, source

Encyclopedia: Origin, Nature and History of Aegean civilization