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[hwair-at, wair-] /ʰwɛərˈæt, wɛər-/
  1. at which:
    a reception whereat many were present.
  2. to which; whereupon:
    a remark whereat she quickly angered.
Archaic. in reference to which.
Origin of whereat
1200-50; Middle English; see where, at1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • whereat McPhulach departed with an almost happy smile and knocked down an insolent fireman for the good of his soul.

    Captain Calamity Rolf Bennett
  • whereat those maidens, with wild stare, Walk'd dizzily away.

    Endymion John Keats
  • whereat she being dissatisfied, said, That some She-Devil would shortly fetch him away!

  • whereat he shook with laughter and patted her back as she clung to him.

    Red Pepper Burns Grace S. Richmond
  • I asked, with a puzzled look, whereat he burst into a laugh that hurt my ears.

    The Love Story of Abner Stone Edwin Carlile Litsey
  • I told Madame when alone what I had discovered, whereat she smiled.

    The Golden Face William Le Queux
  • whereat M'Adam was taken with a fit of internal spasms, rubbing his knees and cackling insanely for a half-hour afterward.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • So I returned with my answer, whereat Barung smiled and said nothing.

    Queen Sheba's Ring H. Rider Haggard
  • If he be a-weary, there is the Wright House whereat he may repose himself.

    The Sunset Trail Alfred Henry Lewis
  • "Very pleased," he replied, with emphasis, whereat she laughed.

    A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume
British Dictionary definitions for whereat


at or to which place
sentence connector
upon which occasion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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