The first existence or beginning of anything; the birth.
- The point at which something comes into existence or from which it derives or is derived.
- Ancestry: "We cannot escape our origins, however hard we try” ( James Baldwin).
- The fact of originating; rise or derivation: The rumor had its origin in an impulsive remark.
- Anatomy The point of attachment of a muscle that remains relatively fixed during contraction.
- Mathematics The point of intersection of coordinate axes, as in the Cartesian coordinate system.