bienvenue

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

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 18 Apr. 2024.

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