beginning (part of speech: noun)
embryo, origin, inception, beginning, derivation, introduction, cradle, hatching, earliness, infancy, prelude, Genesis, source, precursor, commencement, nascency, emergence, nativity, birth, start, sprout, preparation, stem, inauguration, creation, conception, dawn, spring
- The process began almost in babyhood, and became habitual like a literal madness. - "The Napoleon of Notting Hill", Gilbert K. Chesterton.
- The legend of Krishna's babyhood is a curious echo of the birth of our Lord and the crossing of the Red Sea combined. - "Fifty-One Years of Victorian Life", Margaret Elizabeth Leigh Child-Villiers, Countess of Jersey.
- In her frantic desire to keep them alive, she holds the whip over her own flesh and blood, who have to spend their very babyhood in tying feather- flues or pulling out bastings. - "The Trade Union Woman", Alice Henry.