- from what place?: Whence comest thou?
- from what source, origin, or cause?: Whence has he wisdom?
- from what place, source, cause, etc.: He told whence he came.
Origin of whence
Examples from the Web for whence
And where was this magical land of Khorasan, whence the conquerors would come?ISIS Targets Afghanistan Just as the U.S. Quits
Sami Yousafzai, Christopher Dickey
December 19, 2014
Then the man got dressed, got back on his bicycle and rode off from whence he came.Jamie Lee Curtis and Naomi Foner on What It Means to Be ‘Very Good Girls’
Jamie Lee Curtis
July 25, 2014
It is no longer exclusively the domain of “the ghetto” from whence it came.‘Because the Internet’ Review: Childish Gambino Is Hip-Hop’s Perennial Outsider
December 10, 2013
Egyptians leave the country to seek work elsewhere, whence they can send remittances home.Egypt's Ticking Population Bomb
May 3, 2013
So, like a good troll, please go back under the bridge from whence you came.'Barack O'Fraudo'
November 20, 2012
I asked, 'Is this the divine home, whence I departed into the body?'Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
In a moment, by one word, I can throw you back into the slough from whence I dragged you.
Knock at the door, whence the sable line of the funeral is next to issue!Main Street
What good would it do her to know who he was, from whence he came, or whither he was going?The Dream
We still stood by the open door, whence we had watched the carriage disappear.In the Valley
- from what place, cause, or origin?
- (subordinating) from what place, cause, or origin
Word Origin and History for whence
c.1300, whennes, with adverbial genitive -s, from Old English hwanone, related to hwænne (see when).