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Origin means the beginning, starting-point, cause, or ultimate source, from which a thing is derived or generated.

Origin, origins, or original may also refer to:


Beginning of the universe and life

  • Abiogenesis, the study of how life on Earth could have arisen from inanimate matter
  • Cosmogony, any theory concerning the origin of the universe
  • Cosmology, the study of the universe and humanity's place in it
  • Creation myth, a mytho-religious story or explanation that describes the beginnings of humanity, earth, life, and the universe
  • Genesis creation narrative, creation as described in the first two chapters of the Book of Genesis in the Bible
  • Creatio ex nihilo, Latin for "creation out of nothing", a phrase used in philosophical and theological contexts

Science and technology

Medicine and biology

Language, culture, philosophy, and religion

  • Genealogy, origin of families
  • The birth of a living entity, thought, belief or idea
  • Epistemology, origin of knowledge
  • Origin myth, a story or explanation that describes the beginning of some feature of the natural or social world
  • Origin story, or pourquoi story, a fictional narrative that explains why something is the way it is
  • Original sin, in Christian theology
  • Etymology, origin of words
  • Toponymy, origin of place names


  • Career Origin, a career development company specialising in the development of resumes, cover letters, Government applications, interview coaching and career counselling
  • Atos Origin, the company formed with the merger of BSO and Philips C&P (Communications & Processing) division
  • Origin Energy, an Australian gas and electricity company
  • Origins (cosmetics), a plant-based skin care and fragrance company of Estée Lauder
  • Origins Institute, a department at McMaster University
  • Origin Systems, a computer game developer
  • Origins Game Fair, a game convention
  • Original Confidence, now Oricon Inc, supplies statistics and information on music and the music industry in Japan
  • Original trilogy (Star Wars), a media franchise
  • Origin Instruments, a Texas assistive technology company


  • Origen, an early Christian scholar and theologian.

Books, comic books, and magazines


Television and film

Video games



  • Origin (software), scientific graphing and data analysis software developed by OriginLab Corp
  • SGI Origin 200, a series of entry-level MIPS-based server computers made by Silicon Graphics
  • SGI Origin 2000, a series of mid-range to high-end MIPS-based server computers made by Silicon Graphics
  • SGI Origin 3000, a series of mid-range to high-end MIPS-based server computers made by Silicon Graphics that succeeded the Origin 2000

Other uses

See also


Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

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< Middle English origine < Latin origo (beginning, source, birth, origin) < oriri (to rise); see orient.





origin (plural origins)

  1. The beginning of something.
  2. The source of a river, information, goods, etc.
  3. (mathematics) The point at which the axes of a coordinate system intersect
  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. (in plural) ancestry



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External links

  • origin in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • origin in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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