: from that place
: from that fact or circumstance : therefrom
archaic : from that time : thenceforth
from thence
: from that place

Examples of thence in a Sentence

Their travels took them to the Bahamas, thence south to Venezuela.
Recent Examples on the Web Steam poured from the pick holes, and the sound issued from thence too, muffled but loud. Richard Brookhiser, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Its opener generates a not inconsiderable carbon footprint, whisking us from Peru to Canada and thence the Scottish Highlands. Mike McCahill, Variety, 20 Feb. 2023

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Word History


Middle English thannes, from thanne from that place, from Old English thanon; akin to Old High German thanan from that place, Old English thænne then — more at then entry 1

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of thence was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Thence.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thence. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


: from that place
proceeding thence directly to class
: from that fact or circumstance
a natural conclusion follows thence

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