- (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 welcomed
She came out to her family, friends, and work colleagues, who welcomed the real Roome.Inside A Finishing School for Transwomen
December 27, 2014
I harbor a rock ‘n’ roll fantasy, just like anybody, and I welcomed the challenge.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’
December 4, 2014
The principle that outsiders should be welcomed and provided for was a cross-cultural theme in ancient cultures.Pope Bids Refugees to EU ‘Bienvenido’; Europe Says ‘Non’
November 30, 2014
As a result, Burma was welcomed back to the international community.Hope and Change? Burma Kills a Journalist Before Obama Arrives
November 11, 2014
It helps that Wendy Davis is a hapless opponent, but as a test proving it can be done, any success is welcomed.How Old People Will Decide Your Future
October 17, 2014
"I'll be bound Mr. Stewart welcomed him with open arms," said my companion.In the Valley
He, no doubt, expected to be welcomed in the warmest terms of commendation.Female Scripture Biographies, Vol. II
Francis Augustus Cox
There Powell, the prince, welcomed them and made a feast in their honor.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
She kissed and welcomed him; but was afraid to ask him any questions.
Mr Dorrit welcomed the visitor with the highest urbanity, and most courtly manners.
- 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 welcomed
Old English wilcumian, from wilcuma (see welcome (n.)). Related: Welcomed; welcoming.
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.