verb wel·come \ˈwel-kəm\

: to greet (someone) in a warm and friendly manner

: to receive or accept (something) with happiness or pleasure


Full Definition of WELCOME

transitive verb
:  to greet hospitably and with courtesy or cordiality
:  to accept with pleasure the occurrence or presence of <welcomes danger>
wel·com·er noun

Examples of WELCOME

  1. She welcomed the students into her home.
  2. We welcome you to the show.
  3. He's a bright student who welcomes a challenge.

Origin of WELCOME

Middle English, from Old English welcumian, wylcumian, from wilcuma, noun
First Known Use: before 12th century



—used as a friendly greeting to someone who has arrived at a place

Full Definition of WELCOME

—used to express a greeting to a guest or newcomer upon arrival

Origin of WELCOME

Middle English, alteration of wilcume, from Old English, from wilcuma desirable guest (akin to Old High German willicomo desirable guest); akin to Old English willa, will desire, cuman to come — more at will, come
First Known Use: 12th century



: giving someone happiness or pleasure

—used to say that you are happy to have someone come to and stay in a place (such as your home)

Full Definition of WELCOME

:  received gladly into one's presence or companionship <was always welcome in their home>
:  giving pleasure :  received with gladness or delight especially in response to a need <a welcome relief>
:  willingly permitted or admitted <he was welcome to come and go — W. M. Thackeray>
—used in the phrase You're welcome as a reply to an expression of thanks
wel·come·ly adverb
wel·come·ness noun

Examples of WELCOME

  1. That will be a welcome change.
  2. He was a welcome sight.

First Known Use of WELCOME

12th century

Related to WELCOME

agreeable, blessed (also blest), congenial, darling, delectable, delicious, delightful, delightsome, dreamy, dulcet, enjoyable, felicitous, good, grateful, gratifying, heavenly, jolly, luscious, nice, palatable, pleasing, pleasurable, pretty, satisfying, savory (also savoury), sweet, tasty, pleasant
disagreeable, pleasureless, unpalatable, unpleasant, unwelcome



: the way in which someone is greeted

Full Definition of WELCOME

:  a greeting or reception usually upon arrival <a warm welcome>
:  the state of being welcome <overstayed their welcome>

Examples of WELCOME

  1. He was given a hero's welcome when he returned home after winning the race.
  2. <offered a warm welcome to the stranger>

First Known Use of WELCOME



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