noun, plural gen·e·ses [jen-uh-seez] /ˈdʒɛn əˌsiz/.

an origin, creation, or beginning.

Origin of genesis

1595–1605; < Latin: generation, birth < Greek génesis origin, source
Related formshy·per·gen·e·sis, noun




the first book of the Bible, dealing with the Creation and the Patriarchs. Abbreviation: Gen.
Related formsGe·ne·si·ac [juh-nee-see-ak] /dʒəˈni siˌæk/, Gen·e·si·a·cal [jen-uh-sahy-uh-kuh l] /ˌdʒɛn əˈsaɪ ə kəl/, Gen·e·sit·ic, adjective


a combining form of genesis: parthenogenesis. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of genesis

  • Let us look at the opening chapters of Genesis for illustration.

  • That admirable book is a commentary upon this part of Genesis.

    Slavery Ordained of God

    Rev. Fred A. Ross, D.D.

  • Briefly, the genesis of "Fruitfulness" lies in the article I have quoted.


    Emile Zola

  • The glory of the Genesis story lies in its wonderful power to grow.

    The Meaning of Evolution

    Samuel Christian Schmucker

  • What is the essential truth of the early chapters of Genesis, and what its glory?

    The Meaning of Evolution

    Samuel Christian Schmucker

British Dictionary definitions for genesis


noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)

a beginning or origin of anything

Word Origin for genesis

Old English: via Latin from Greek; related to Greek gignesthai to be born



the first book of the Old Testament recounting the events from the Creation of the world to the sojourning of the Israelites in Egypt


n combining form

indicating genesis, development, or generationbiogenesis; parthenogenesis
Derived Forms-genetic or -genic, adj combining form

Word Origin for -genesis

New Latin, from Latin: genesis
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Word Origin and History for genesis

Old English Genesis, first book of the Pentateuch, from Latin genesis, adopted as title of first book of Old Testament in Vulgate, from Greek genesis "origin, creation, generation," from gignesthai "to be born," related to genos "race, birth, descent" (see genus). As such, it translated Hebrew bereshith, literally "in the beginning," which was the first word of the text, taken as its title. Extended sense of "origin, creation" first recorded in English c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for genesis



n. pl. gen•e•ses (-sēz′)

The coming into being of something; the origin.



Origin; production:biogenesis.
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Culture definitions for genesis


The first book of the Old Testament; its first words are “In the beginning” (genesis is a Greek word for “beginning”). It covers the time from the beginning of the world through the days of the patriarchs, including the stories of the Creation, Adam and Eve, the Fall of Man, Cain and Abel, Noah and the Flood, God's covenant with Abraham, Abraham and Isaac, Jacob and Esau, and Joseph and his brothers.

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