[syn: lineage, line, line of descent, descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree, ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stock]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Origin \Or"i*gin\, n. [F. origine, L. origo, -iginis, fr. oriri
to rise, become visible; akin to Gr. 'orny`nai to stir up,
rouse, Skr. [.r], and perh. to E. run.]
1. The first existence or beginning of anything; the birth.
This mixed system of opinion and sentiment had its
origin in the ancient chivalry. --Burke.
2. That from which anything primarily proceeds; the fountain;
the spring; the cause; the occasion.
3. (Anat.) The point of attachment or end of a muscle which
is fixed during contraction; -- in contradistinction to
Origin of coordinate axes (Math.), the point where the axes
intersect. See Note under Ordinate.
Syn: Commencement; rise; source; spring; fountain;
derivation; cause; root; foundation.
Usage: Origin, Source. Origin denotes the rise or
commencement of a thing; source presents itself under
the image of a fountain flowing forth in a continuous
stream of influences. The origin of moral evil has
been much disputed, but no one can doubt that it is
the source of most of the calamities of our race.
I think he would have set out just as he did,
with the origin of ideas -- the proper starting
point of a grammarian, who is to treat of their
That source of art and cultivated thought
Which they to Rome, and Romans hither, brought.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the place where something begins, where it springs into
being; "the Italian beginning of the Renaissance"; "Jupiter
was the origin of the radiation"; "Pittsburgh is the source
of the Ohio River"; "communism's Russian root" [syn:
beginning, origin, root, rootage, source]
2: properties attributable to your ancestry; "he comes from good
origins" [syn: origin, descent, extraction]
3: an event that is a beginning; a first part or stage of
subsequent events [syn: origin, 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 rumor had its origin in idle gossip";
"vegetable origins"; "mineral origin"; "origin in sensation"
6: the descendants of one individual; "his entire lineage has
been warriors" [syn: lineage, line, line of descent,
descent, bloodline, blood line, blood, pedigree,
ancestry, origin, parentage, stemma, stock]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
98 Moby Thesaurus words for "origin":
A, alpha, ancestry, babyhood, base, basis, beginning, beginnings,
birth, birthplace, blast-off, blood, childhood, commencement,
comparative linguistics, conception, cradle, creation,
cutting edge, dawn, dawning, derivation, descent, edge, eponymy,
establishment, etymology, extraction, flying start, folk etymology,
foundation, fount, fountain, fresh start, freshman year, genealogy,
genesis, grass roots, head, heritage, historical linguistics,
inauguration, inception, inchoation, incipience, incipiency,
incunabula, infancy, institution, jump-off, kick-off, launch,
launching, leading edge, lineage, maternity, nascence, nascency,
nativity, new departure, oncoming, onset, opening, original,
origination, origins, outbreak, outset, parentage, parturition,
paternity, pedigree, pregnancy, provenance, provenience, radical,
radix, rise, root, running start, semantic history, send-off,
setting in motion, setting-up, source, square one, start,
start-off, starting point, stem, stock, take-off, taproot, well,
wellspring, whence, word history, youth