origin origin  /ˈɔ rə dʒən/


  1. (n) the place where something begins, where it springs into being
  2. (n) properties attributable to your ancestry
  3. (n) an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of subsequent events
  4. (n) the point of intersection of coordinate axes; where the values of the coordinates are all zero
  5. (n) the source of something's existence or from which it derives or is derived
  6. (n) the descendants of one individual


  1. All fish sold from the University's farm comes with a certificate of origin, diet and harvesting method.
  2. You can save suggested monikers to a favorites list and read about the origin and popularity of each one.
  3. The Barbary raiders--so called because they were partly of Berber origin--struck as far north as England and Ireland.


  1. A fire burns about 1/4 acre in Carneros

    A fire of unknown origin burned about 1/4 of an acre Wednesday off Highway 12/121 near the Napa-Sonoma county border in Carneros, according to CalFire/Napa County Fire.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Napa Valley Register

  2. Canada Slams USDA’s Country of Origin Labeling Rules

    Canada’s government has condemned the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Country of Origin Labeling program, which requires origin destinations of muscle cut covered commodities to include information about where each of the production steps occurred and removes the allowance for commingling of muscle cuts.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: Journal of Commerce Online

  3. Source of fire, point of origin discussed in trial of woman charged with arson

    "Conduit," "origin of fire" and "lightning strikes:" Those words became the focal points of Monday’s testimony in the second trial against Susan Lukjan.
    on June 10, 2013     Source: WLKY Louisville


  1. "I am also making the government's policy goal clear," she said. "It is to wreck the people-smuggling trade by removing the incentive for boats to leave their port of origin in the first place; to remove both the profitability of the trade...
    on Jul 6, 2010 By: Julia Gillard Source: CNN

  2. "The complaint does not show or even intimate, that petitioners purposefully housed detainees in the ADMAX SHU due to their race, religion or national origin," said Justice Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion. "All it plausibly...
    on May 18, 2009 By: Anthony Kennedy Source: Wall Street Journal

  3. "I am satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that Harbhajan Singh directed that word (monkey) at Andrew Symonds and also that he meant it to offend on the basis of Symonds's race or ethnic origin," ICC match referee Mike Procter said in a statement.
    on Jan 6, 2008 By: Mike Procter Source: International Herald Tribune

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anachronistic anachronistic
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