bienvenue

noun
bien·​ve·​nue | \ byaⁿ-və-ˈnᵫ \
variants: or less commonly bienvenu \ byaⁿ-​və-​ˈnᵫ \
plural -s

Definition of bienvenue

1 : welcome formerly common in English but now usually a conscious borrowing from the French
2 obsolete : an entry fee demanded from a new worker by fellow workers

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History and Etymology for bienvenue

Middle English bienvenue, from Middle French, from Old French, from bienvenu welcome (adjective), from bien well (from Latin bene, adverb of bonus good) + venu, past participle of venir to come, from Latin venire

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“Bienvenue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bienvenue. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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