origin

noun
1 time/place/reason that sth starts
ADJECTIVE
common
independent
doubtful (esp. BrE), obscure, unknown

a letter of doubtful origin

true
ancient, early
recent

The term ‘carbon footprint’ is of very recent origin.

immediate

The development had its immediate origins in discussions with management.

African, English, etc.
foreign
local
mixed
natural
supernatural
evolutionary, geographical, historical, intellectual
animal, human, plant

foods of animal origin

We shouldn't forget our animal origins.

VERB + ORIGIN
have, share

The vases share common origins.

investigate, trace
owe

Population genetics owes its origin to Francis Galton.

explain
reflect
suggest

The name suggests a possible African origin.

ORIGIN + VERB
go back to sth, lie in sth

The origins of the city go back to the 10th century.

PREPOSITION
in origin

The rock is volcanic in origin.

of … origin

a painting of unknown origin

PHRASES
country of origin, place of origin

The label tells you the country of origin.

have its origin in sth

The custom has its origin in an ancient festival.

2 family, race, class, etc, that a person comes from
ADJECTIVE
African, English, etc.
foreign
mixed
class, ethnic, national, racial, social
middle-class, noble, peasant, slave, working-class
humble, lowly

He had risen from humble origins through hard work.

VERB + ORIGIN
trace

Their family can trace its origins back to the Norman Conquest.

betray

Her accent betrayed her working-class origins.

PREPOSITION
by origin

He is a Londoner by origin.

in origin

Her family is Portuguese in origin.

of … origin

He was of humble origins.

PHRASES
sb's country of origin

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