origin - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “origin”

See all translations

origin

noun uk   /ˈɒr.ɪ.dʒɪn/  us   /ˈɔːr.ə-/
B2 [C] (also origins) the beginning or cause of something: It's a book about the origin of the universe. Her unhappy childhood was the origin of her problems later in life. What's the origin of this saying? (= Where did it come from?)origins [plural] used to describe the particular way in which something started to exist or someone started their life: The story has obscure origins (= no one knows how it started). The president's family was of humble origins (= they were poor people without a good position in society).C1 [U] where a person was born: He is of North African origin. What is your country of origin?B2 [U] where an object was made: The furniture was French in origin.
More examples
[C] specialized medical the end of a muscle attached to the bone that does not move when the muscle is used
Translations of “origin”
in Arabic أصْل…
in Korean 근원, 출신…
in Malaysian asal, punca…
in French origine…
in Turkish kaynak, köken, başlangıç…
in Italian origine…
in Chinese (Traditional) 起源, 源頭, 起因…
in Russian происхождение, источник…
in Polish pochodzenie, początek…
in Vietnamese nguồn gốc…
in Spanish origen…
in Portuguese origem…
in Thai ที่มา…
in German der Ursprung…
in Catalan origen…
in Japanese 起源, (家族の)出身…
in Indonesian asal…
in Chinese (Simplified) 起源, 源头, 起因…
(Definition of origin from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of origin?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “origin” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

intellectualize

to think about or discuss a subject in a detailed and intellectual way, without involving your emotions or feelings

Word of the Day

What’s All The Commotion About? (Words to describe sounds)

by Kate Woodford,
May 20, 2015
​​​ In this post we look at a range of words and phrases that we use to describe noise and the absence of noise. Starting with complete quiet, we sometimes use the noun hush to describe silence: A hush fell over the room as the bride walked in./There was a deathly hush (=complete

Read More 

plyscraper noun

May 18, 2015
a skyscraper made mainly from wood The development of engineered timber could herald a new era of eco-friendly ‘plyscrapers’. Christchurch welcomed its first multistorey timber structure this year, there are plans for Vancouver, and the talk is China could follow

Read More