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From Middle English origine, origyne, from Old French origine, orine, ourine, from Latin origo (beginning, source, birth, origin), from oriri (to rise); see orient.

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origin (plural origins)

  1. The beginning of something.
  2. The source of a river, information, goods, etc.
    • 2013 June 14, Sam Leith, “Where the profound meets the profane”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 1, page 37:
      Swearing doesn't just mean what we now understand by "dirty words". It is entwined, in social and linguistic history, with the other sort of swearing: vows and oaths. Consider for a moment the origins of almost any word we have for bad language – "profanity", "curses", "oaths" and "swearing" itself.
    Synonyms: source
  3. (mathematics) The point at which the axes of a coordinate system intersect.
    Synonyms: zero vector
  4. (anatomy) The proximal end of attachment of a muscle to a bone that will not be moved by the action of that muscle.
  5. (cartography) An arbitrary point on Earth's surface, chosen as the zero for a system of coordinates.
  6. (in the plural) Ancestry.

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