Definition of welkin in English:


Syllabification: wel·kin
Pronunciation: /ˈwelkin


  • literary The sky or heaven.
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    • 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.


make the welkin ring

Make a very loud sound: the crew made the welkin ring with its hurrahs
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  • Jewish speakers made the welkin ring with laudation of Nathan Straus and maledictions upon James Bennett.
  • 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.


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

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