British Dictionary definitions for on welfare
- financial and other assistance given to people in need
- (as modifier)welfare services
Word Origin for welfare
Word Origin and History for on welfare
Old English wel faran "condition of being or doing well," from wel (see well (adv.)) + faran "get along" (see fare (v.)). Cf. Old Norse velferð. Meaning "social concern for the well-being of children, the unemployed, etc." is first attested 1904. Welfare state is recorded from 1941.
Culture definitions for on welfare
Government-provided support for those unable to support themselves. In the United States, it is undertaken by various federal, state, and local agencies under the auspices of different programs, the best known of which are Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and food stamps.
Idioms and Phrases with on welfare
see on relief.