- (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 welcomes
Closed courthouses, rogue clerks, and misleading statements from the attorney general as Florida welcomes same-sex marriage.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over
January 5, 2015
He reads to the blind, welcomes returning soldiers at Newark airport, and does other good deeds.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe
November 4, 2014
Gay is highly regarded for her self-depicting stance that welcomes a less stately, more flawed concept of modern feminism.Comedians and Feminism Getting Laughs
October 23, 2014
Maintaining the high caliber of guest to which his viewers have become accustomed, Galifianakis welcomes Brad Pitt to the ferns.Brad Pitt and Louis C.K. Go ‘Between Two Ferns’
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
October 23, 2014
“Three is a Magic Number” becomes stunningly poignant to any couple that welcomes its first child.Schoolhouse Rock: A Trojan Horse of Knowledge and Power
September 6, 2014
And welcomes the visions that day after day With baby's sweet presence will nestle and stay.Grandma's Memories
Mary D. Brine
But it welcomes science with rapture when it destroys Utopias.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
Ralph comes downstairs, and is hailed with welcomes on all hands.The Shadow of a Crime
I belong to one which welcomes women to its pulpit and to all its offices.
Mr. Punch welcomes the implicit admission that there are others.
- 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 welcomes
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.