warm welcome

A hearty, hospitable reception or greeting, as in We got a very warm welcome when we finally arrived. This expression, dating from the mid-1700s, should not be confused with the similar warm reception, which from about 1700 signified a hostile welcome, as in His rivals were planning a warm reception for him.

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How to use warm welcome in a sentence

  • On his return home his Swedish subjects gave their Crown Prince a very warm welcome.

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  • In place of the expected warm welcome, the unhappy man found himself received as a ghost.

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  • He was very much subdued, but his companions appreciated his manliness, and gave him a warm welcome.

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  • The bill received a warm welcome from Burke, and was passed without a division.

  • "That's what I call a nice warm welcome," the young man went on, following her into the hall and hanging up his hat.

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