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welkin

Syllabification: wel·kin
Pronunciation: /ˈwelkən
 
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Definition of welkin in English:

noun

literary The sky or heaven.
Example sentences
  • When the welkin had ceased to ring with their laughter and screeches, it was customary to join forces and proceed arm-in-arm to spend the evening in the town.
  • The loud noise of rushing elephants resembled the roars of the clouds in the welkin, in the season of rains.

Origin

Old English wolcen 'cloud, sky'; related to Dutch wolk and German Wolke.

More
  • loft from (Old English):

    In Old English loft meant ‘air, sky’ as well as what was up in the air, an upper room. It comes from Old Norse, and shares a Germanic root with lift (Old English). Sky (Middle English) was also a borrowing from Scandinavian and originally meant ‘cloud’. The word was applied to a shade of blue in the mid 17th century; the phrase out of a clear blue sky, for something as unexpected as rain or thunder out of such a sky, made its appearance towards the end of the 19th century; the sky's the limit dates from the 1920s. When Anglo-Saxons wanted to talk about the sky they could also use the word wolcen, welkin in modern English, but now only used in the expression to make the welkin ring.

Phrases

make the welkin ring

1
Make a very loud sound: the crew made the welkin ring with its hurrahs
More example sentences
  • A large crowd was on the piers to witness her departure, and they made the welkin ring with their cheers.
  • Mark and his companions made the welkin ring with their shouts at the old man's answer.
  • For almost two hours, dignified doctors made the welkin ring with catcalls, boos, and cries of ‘Sit down!’

Words that rhyme with welkin

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