Definition of welkin in English:



  • The sky or heaven.

    • ‘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

    • literary Make a very loud sound.

      ‘the crew made the welkin ring with their hurrahs’
      • ‘Mark and his companions made the welkin ring with their shouts at the old man's answer.’
      • ‘A large crowd was on the piers to witness her departure, and they made the welkin ring with their cheers.’
      • ‘For almost two hours, dignified doctors made the welkin ring with catcalls, boos, and cries of ‘Sit down!’’
      • ‘After the compromise was agreed to, the honest patriots of the country made the welkin ring with rejoicings, under the belief that it implied non-intervention in its broadest sense.’


Old English wolcen ‘cloud, sky’, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch wolk and German Wolke.