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whence

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adverb \ˈhwen(t)s, ˈwen(t)s\

Definition of whence

  1. :  from what place, source, or cause then whence comes this paradox — Changing Times

from whence

  1. :  from what place, source, or cause no one could tell me from whence the gold had come — Graham Greene

Examples of whence in a Sentence

  1. They returned to the land whence they came.

Origin and Etymology of whence

Middle English whennes, from whenne whence (from Old English hwanon) + -s, adverb suffix, from -s, genitive singular ending; akin to Old High German hwanān whence, Old English hwā who


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whence

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Definition of whence

  1. 1 :  from what place, source, or cause inquired whence the water came — Maria Edgeworth

  2. 2a :  from or out of which place, source, or cause the lawless society whence the ballads sprang — DeLancey Fergusonb :  by reason of which fact nothing broke— whence I infer that my bones are not yet chalky — O. W. Holmes †1935

First Known Use of whence

13th century


WHENCE Defined for English Language Learners

whence

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Definition of whence for English Language Learners

  • : from where


WHENCE Defined for Kids

whence

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adverb \ˈhwens, ˈwens\

Definition of whence for Students

  1. 1 :  from what place, source, or cause Whence come all these questions?

  2. 2 :  from or out of which We knew little of the land whence they came.


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