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[hwair-fruhm, -from, wair-] /ʰwɛərˈfrʌm, -ˈfrɒm, wɛər-/
conjunction, adverb
from which; whence.
Origin of wherefrom
First recorded in 1480-90; where + from Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She lodges beyond the Paris gate, at the windmill, wherefrom she drove the English some days agone.

    A Monk of Fife Andrew Lang
  • wherefrom do they acquire these tendencies, these peculiarities?

    Reincarnation Swami Abhedananda
  • Less common is the blocking of the secondary ducts, wherefrom a collection of small cysts results.

  • On one occasion the enemy and ourselves rushed for the top of two different kopjes, wherefrom to pepper one another.

    A Yeoman's Letters P. T. Ross
  • This metal is attacked by the acid, wherefrom the fruit acquires a green colour, much admired by ignorant connoisseurs.

  • They promised what he would; wherefrom they all fared well, when King Gunther saw fair Brunhild.

  • They bore numerous inscriptions in hieroglyphics and the demotic character, wherefrom the clue was obtained as to their identity.

  • Folker and Hagen gan speak to Etzel all their mind, wherefrom these heroes bold and good came thereafter into danger.

  • wherefrom we all thought that the flitting was by the will of the Norns, and likely to turn out well.

    Havelok The Dane Charles Whistler
British Dictionary definitions for wherefrom


from what or where? whence?
from which place; whence
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