Definition of welkin in English:

welkin

Line breaks: wel¦kin
Pronunciation: /ˈwɛlkɪn
 
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noun

literary
The sky or heaven.
More 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', of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch wolk and German Wolke.

Phrases

make the welkin ring

Make a very loud sound: the crew made the welkin ring with their hurrahs
More example sentences
  • 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.

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