open arms

plural noun

: an eager or warm welcome
greeted them with open arms

Examples of open arms in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The strange family welcomes the couple with open arms, tending to Henry's shattered ankle and offering a place to stay until the storm subsides. Emlyn Travis,, 2 June 2023 Thank you to the Dodgers for welcoming my family in with open arms! Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 9 Jan. 2024 The first and only yoga studio in East L.A., People’s Yoga opened in 2014 to open arms from the multigenerational community and came out of a pandemic stronger thanks to its faithful clientele. Kamren Curiel, Los Angeles Times, 9 Nov. 2023 There were quick surprises: The sight of wide open arms could very well lead to a somersault. Gia Kourlas, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2023 Scottsdale welcomed us with open arms. Maureen MacKey, Fox News, 15 Apr. 2023 As for his relationship with One Direction — which consists of Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson and Liam Payne — Corden has welcomed the group as a band and as solo artists with open arms over the years. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 13 Apr. 2023 Some Crystal devotees welcome the capital improvements with open arms. oregonlive, 7 Apr. 2023 Spring is officially here, and the best new beauty products of the month prove that Glamour editors are embracing the (slightly) warmer weather with open arms—and glowing, shimmering faces. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 31 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1670, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of open arms was in 1670

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“Open arms.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

open arms

noun plural
: an eager or warm welcome
greeted us with open arms

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