welkin


wel·kin

noun \ˈwel-kən\

Definition of WELKIN

1
a :  the vault of the sky :  firmament <the sun of heaven … made the western welkin blush — Shakespeare>
b :  the celestial abode of God or the gods :  heaven
2
:  the upper atmosphere

Examples of WELKIN

  1. <the movie has been so overhyped that one half expects its opening to be accompanied by the proverbial ringing of the welkin>

Origin of WELKIN

Middle English, literally, cloud, from Old English wolcen; akin to Old High German wolkan cloud
First Known Use: 12th century

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