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).

Definitions of beginning
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
beginning (adj.)
serving to begin;
the beginning canto of the poem
Synonyms: first