- (a word of kindly greeting, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure): Welcome, stranger!
- a kindly greeting or reception, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure: to give someone a warm welcome.
- to greet the arrival of (a person, guests, etc.) with pleasure or kindly courtesy.
- to receive or accept with pleasure; regard as pleasant or good: to welcome a change.
- to meet, accept, or receive (an action, challenge, person, etc.) in a specified, especially unfriendly, manner: They welcomed him with hisses and catcalls.
- gladly received, as one whose arrival gives pleasure: a welcome visitor.
- agreeable, as something arriving, occurring, or experienced: a welcome rest.
- given full right by the cordial consent of others: She is welcome to try it.
- without obligation for the courtesy or favor received (used as a conventional response to expressions of thanks): You're quite welcome.
- wear out one's welcome, to make one's visits so frequent or of such long duration that they become offensive: Your cousins have long since worn out their welcome.
Origin of welcome
Examples from the Web for welcome
We have thousands of users who identify themselves as transgendered and they are welcome members of the Grindr community.Grindr’s Trans Dating Problem
January 9, 2015
This Congress will welcome more women than ever before at 19 percent of the House and 20 percent of the Senate.The Unbearable Whiteness of Congress
January 8, 2015
Cocaine busts, tax cheats, and bribe-taking, born-again Christians: Welcome to the political scandals of 2014.2014 Was a Delectably Good Year for Sleaze
December 30, 2014
Wherever he travels, Václav Klaus can be assured a welcome reception from likeminded free marketers.Vaclav Klaus, Libertarian Hero, Has His Wings Clipped by Cato Institute
December 22, 2014
In any case, I welcome the conversation as part of the review of the upcoming slate that we're doing tomorrow.Inside Sony’s ‘Pineapple Express 2 Drama’: Leaked Emails Reveal Fight Over Stoner Comedy Sequel
December 21, 2014
"You are welcome to your opinion," returned Robert, indifferently.
Je suis tres honore—I am very honoured to welcome you, madame.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
You are welcome to all the comfort you can find in your present situation.
Mr. Randell, the Chairman of the Perth Municipality, read an address of welcome.Explorations in Australia
She would on her part make Aldonza welcome, and had no fears of not agreeing with her.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
- gladly and cordially received or admitteda welcome guest
- bringing pleasure or gratitudea welcome gift
- freely permitted or invitedyou are welcome to call
- under no obligation (only in such phrases as you're welcome or he's welcome, as conventional responses to thanks)
- an expression of cordial greeting, esp to a person whose arrival is desired or pleasing
- the act of greeting or receiving a person or thing; receptionthe new theory had a cool welcome
- wear out one's welcome to come more often or stay longer than is acceptable or pleasing
- to greet the arrival of (visitors, guests, etc) cordially or gladly
- to receive or accept, esp gladly
Word Origin and History for welcome
Old English wilcuma, exclamation of kindly greeting, from earlier wilcuma (n.) "welcome guest," literally "one whose coming is in accord with another's will," from willa "pleasure, desire, choice" (see will (v.)) + cuma "guest," related to cuman (see come). Cf. Old High German willicomo, Middle Dutch wellecome. Meaning "entertainment or public reception as a greeting" is recorded from 1530. You're welcome as a formulaic response to thank you is attested from 1907. Welcome mat first recorded 1951; welcome wagon is attested from 1961.
Old English wilcumian, from wilcuma (see welcome (n.)). Related: Welcomed; welcoming.