Etymology
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beginning (n.)

late 12c., "time when something begins;" c. 1200, "initial stage or first part," verbal noun from begin. Meaning "act of starting something" is from early 13c. The Old English word was fruma (see foremost).

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Definitions of beginning
1
beginning (n.)
the event consisting of the start of something;
the beginning of the war
beginning (n.)
the time at which something is supposed to begin;
Synonyms: commencement / first / outset / get-go / start / kickoff / starting time / showtime / offset
beginning (n.)
the first part or section of something;
`It was a dark and stormy night' is a hackneyed beginning for a story
beginning (n.)
the place where something begins, where it springs into being;
the Italian beginning of the Renaissance
Synonyms: origin / root / rootage / source
beginning (n.)
the act of starting something;
he was responsible for the beginning of negotiations
Synonyms: start / commencement
2
beginning (adj.)
serving to begin;
the beginning canto of the poem
Synonyms: first
From wordnet.princeton.edu