- (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 welcoming
The congregation was warm, friendly, and welcoming—traits, he says, he later came to believe they used to coax members in.Beaten By His Church for Being Gay
December 16, 2014
However, welcoming refugees is an expensive and potentially risky proposition for European countries.Pope Bids Refugees to EU ‘Bienvenido’; Europe Says ‘Non’
November 30, 2014
That the Baltic free air and Riga's welcoming vibe could make her colleagues "too relaxed."Russia’s Freest Website Now Lives in Latvia
November 29, 2014
Dragon Boats have crossed the globe into the welcoming arms of American business.Bros Love Dragon Boats
August 10, 2014
The agency was not only cooperative, but “welcoming” of the research.Why Did America’s Only Pot Researcher Suddenly Get Fired?
July 10, 2014
Bobby was a part of it, and Bobby had held out to him a welcoming hand.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
He was the kind of guest she had pleasure in welcoming at Bonavista.The Greater Power
She gave him a welcoming smile of sheer sympathy with his mood.David Dunne
Belle Kanaris Maniates
The prehistoric man was cursing us, praying to us, welcoming us—who could tell?Heart of Darkness
And that young man ended by welcoming your name, so to speak, with both hands.Under Western Eyes
- 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 welcoming
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.