Part of speech: noun
Origin: Germanic, 12th century
(Literary) the sky or heaven.
Examples of Welkin in a sentence
"The choir sang so proudly, the sounds lifted to the welkin."
"Adrienne liked looking at the night welkin and stars."
Popularity Over Time
This word comes from Old English “wolcen,” meaning “cloud, sky,” but is of West Germanic origin. It is related to the Dutch “wolk” and German “Wolke.”
Did you Know?
In contemporary use, “welkin” is often incorporated into phrases like “make the welkin ring,” which means to make loud, reverberating noise. This usage harkens back to the original wording of the carol “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” which used to read “Hark, how all the welkin ring.”