Word Origin & History
"place, location, position," 1614, common in Eng. c.1640-1740. from L. ubi "where," ult. from PIE *kwo-bhi- (cf. Skt. kuha, O.C.S. kude "where"), locative case of pronomial base *kwo-. Ubi sunt, lit. "where are" (1914), in ref. to lamentations for the mutability of things is from a phrase used in certain
M.L. Christian works.