verb (used with object), wel·comed, wel·com·ing.
Origin of welcome
Related Words for welcomesovation, acceptance, reception, hospitality, hello, salute, handshake, receive, accept, admit, embrace, greet, meet, hail, entertainment, tumble, rumble, salutation, friendliness, howdy
Examples from the Web for welcomes
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of welcomes
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.
Word Origin for welcome
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.
see warm welcome; wear out one's welcome; you're welcome.