Meaning of ORIGIN in English


/ ˈɒrɪdʒɪn; NAmE ˈɔːr-; ˈɑːr-/ noun [ C , U ] (also ori·gins [ pl. ])


the point from which sth starts; the cause of sth :

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.


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)



early 16th cent.: from French origine , from Latin origo , origin- , from oriri to rise.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.