from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adv. From where; from what place: Whence came this traveler?
- adv. From what origin or source: Whence comes this splendid feast?
- conj. Out of which place; from or out of which.
- conj. By reason of which; from which: The dog was coal black from nose to tail, whence the name Shadow.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adv. From where; from which place or source.
- conj. From where.
- conj. From which.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adv. From what place; hence, from what or which source, origin, antecedent, premise, or the like; how; -- used interrogatively.
- adv. From what or which place, source, material, cause, etc.; the place, source, etc., from which; -- used relatively.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- From what place? from what source, origin, or antecedents?
- From what place; from which place or source.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adv. from what place, source, or cause
Middle English whennes : whenne, whence (from Old English hwanon) + -es, genitive sing. suff..(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English whennes, from Old English hwanone (with adverbial genitive -s), related to hwænne. (Wiktionary)