variants or less commonly bienvenu
plural -s
: welcome
formerly common in English but now usually a conscious borrowing from the French
obsolete : an entry fee demanded from a new worker by fellow workers

Word History


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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