Whence definition

wĕns, hwĕns
From what origin or source.

Whence comes this splendid feast?

adverb
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By reason of which; from which.

The dog was coal black from nose to tail, whence the name Shadow.

conjunction
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Whence is defined as from what time or place.

An example of whence is asking a person where they are from by saying "From whence do you come?"

adverb
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From what place, source, or cause?; from where?

Whence does he find his strength?

adverb
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From what place, source, or cause.

I know whence he comes.

conjunction
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From which place, source, or cause.

We went home, whence we departed soon after.

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To the place from which.

Return whence you came.

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From which fact.

There was no reply, whence he inferred that all had gone.

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A place, cause, etc.: preceded by from: its use is still frowned on by some.
pronoun
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From where; from which place or source.

Whence came I?

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From where.
conjunction
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(literary, poetic) From which.

From French, whence we get most of our modern cooking terms.

I scored more than you in the exam, whence we can conclude that I am better at the subject than you are.

conjunction
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From where; from what place.

Whence came this traveler?

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Out of which place; from or out of which.
conjunction
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Whence means from or to where.

An example of whence is saying you'll send a person back to where they came from; from when they came.

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Origin of whence

  • Middle English whennes whenne whence (from Old English hwanon kwo- in Indo-European roots) -es genitive sing. suff. –s3

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English whennes, from Old English hwanone (with adverbial genitive -s), related to hwænne.

    From Wiktionary