verb (used with object), wel·comed, wel·com·ing.
- welch, william henry,
- welcome mat,
- welcome to, be,
- welcome wagon,
Origin of welcome
Examples from the Web for welcoming
The congregation was warm, friendly, and welcoming—traits, he says, he later came to believe they used to coax members in.
However, welcoming refugees is an expensive and potentially risky proposition for European countries.Pope Bids Refugees to EU ‘Bienvenido’; Europe Says ‘Non’|Candida Moss|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That the Baltic free air and Riga's welcoming vibe could make her colleagues "too relaxed."
Dragon Boats have crossed the globe into the welcoming arms of American business.
The agency was not only cooperative, but “welcoming” of the research.Why Did America’s Only Pot Researcher Suddenly Get Fired?|Abby Haglage|July 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To it fell the honor of welcoming civilized man to this region.The Yellowstone National Park|Hiram Martin Chittenden
So Mlle. Herbaut rejoined her mother, who was welcoming Ernestine with simple cordiality.Pride|Eugne Sue
We've got to give them time to assimilate the idea and then get together a welcoming committee.Adaptation|Dallas McCord Reynolds
There was the hut and its welcoming smoke and there Raven must be looking for her.Old Crow|Alice Brown
Yet even Amy noticed that the maid's manner in welcoming her companion was less cordial than in welcoming herself.Reels and Spindles|Evelyn Raymond
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.