welcome

1 of 4

verb

wel·​come ˈwel-kəm How to pronounce welcome (audio)
welcomed; welcoming

transitive verb

1
: to greet hospitably and with courtesy or cordiality
2
: to accept with pleasure the occurrence or presence of
welcomes danger
welcomer noun

welcome

2 of 4

interjection

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

welcome

3 of 4

adjective

1
: received gladly into one's presence or companionship
was always welcome in their home
2
: giving pleasure : received with gladness or delight especially in response to a need
a welcome relief
3
: willingly permitted or admitted
he was welcome to come and goW. M. Thackeray
4
used in the phrase "You're welcome" as a reply to an expression of thanks
welcomely adverb
welcomeness noun

welcome

4 of 4

noun

1
: a greeting or reception usually upon arrival
a warm welcome
2
: the state of being welcome
overstayed their welcome

Examples of welcome in a Sentence

Verb She welcomed the students into her home. We welcome you to the show. He's a bright student who welcomes a challenge. Adjective That will be a welcome change. He was a welcome sight. Noun He was given a hero's welcome when he returned home after winning the race. offered a warm welcome to the stranger See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The actress and singer, 38, arrived at the 2024 SAG Awards in style on Saturday, just eight weeks after welcoming daughter Amora Princess with husband Russell Wilson. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 25 Feb. 2024 The move was welcomed by many in the Black community but prompted a huge outcry from the city’s Chinese American community, who felt targeted, and from many Lowell alumni and parents, who argued that excellence would be sacrificed. Karina Elwood, Washington Post, 25 Feb. 2024 Paul Burns Granada Hills :: The Los Angeles Times welcomes expressions of all views. Los Angeles Times, 24 Feb. 2024 The Spring Festival has been a decade-long tradition that not only welcomes the Lunar New Year, but honors Chinese culture. Emma Hall, Sacramento Bee, 24 Feb. 2024 Immediately afterward, Swift welcomed Carpenter to the stage. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 23 Feb. 2024 Those who can’t get a bank account from a prestigious traditional institution are welcomed to the world of crypto. Jon Stojan, Detroit Free Press, 23 Feb. 2024 Cozy ambiance and approachable hospitality, with a knowledgable, talented, and welcoming team. Haadiza Ogwude, The Enquirer, 23 Feb. 2024 The Environment Protection Agency’s new national ambient air quality guidelines have been welcomed by campaigners and experts as a step forward. Jamie Hailstone, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024
Adjective
News and trends offer clues about what topics would be welcome at your industry’s gatherings. Bobbie Carlton, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Miniature horses and dogs that have been trained to provide assistance to an individual with a disability are welcome. Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 27 Feb. 2024 Although Larry David may not be welcome around Sesame Street any time soon, his HBO sitcom — which wraps its 12th and final season on April 7 — remains an oddly comforting classic. Kelly Martinez, EW.com, 27 Feb. 2024 For example, all guests are welcome to join the daily, complimentary wine social in the lounge. Chyna Blackmon, Charlotte Observer, 26 Feb. 2024 The agency is concerned about the decrease in humanitarian support with the welcome center’s closure and the impact that could have on border communities in California, the official said. Andrea Castillo, Los Angeles Times, 26 Feb. 2024 Parents are also welcome to attend the gatherings, the club says. Annika Bahnsen, Orange County Register, 25 Feb. 2024 Co-founded by drummer Janet Weiss and singers/guitarists Corrin Tucker and Carrie Brownstein, the group now combines the raw fierceness of its early years with a welcome maturity. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Feb. 2024 Deviled eggs are a must, and Hummingbird Cake is always welcome on the dessert table. Valerie Fraser Luesse, Southern Living, 22 Feb. 2024
Noun
To the environmental advocates at Greenpeace, ePE is a welcome — though imperfect — substitute, said Kevin Brigden, who works as a scientific expert for the nonprofit. Christine Condon, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 Each evening before the drive day, all 10 vehicles were arrayed on the lawns of Carneros Resort and Spa in Napa, Calif., and the Boca Raton resort in Florida, respectively, for a late-afternoon welcome reception made all the more welcome by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 13 Feb. 2024 The welcome is warm and the food is delivered the kind of humble graciousness that makes guests feel relaxed and comfortable. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, 10 Feb. 2024 Although the Miami team was winless in its previous four preseason matches, including a 6-0 rout by Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia on Thursday, Messi had received a hero’s welcome from adoring fans in Hong Kong. Michelle Kaufman, Miami Herald, 4 Feb. 2024 After two terms, the party had worn out its welcome and accumulated a number of scandals. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 31 Jan. 2024 According to the official itinerary, the schedule includes a welcome at the Presidential Palace with Polish President Andrzej Duda, a wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a Grand Dinner at the Royal Palace and more. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 30 Jan. 2024 The home crowd gave a warm welcome to the road-weary Trojans. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 27 Jan. 2024 Savannah Upon arriving in Savannah, the eclectic-luxe Perry Lane Hotel was a warm welcome to one of the most charming cities of the South, and must-hit stops like The Olde Pink House, Leopold’s Ice Cream, Forsyth Park, Broughton Street, and the Riverwalk were within easy walking distance. Skye Sherman, Travel + Leisure, 25 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

Middle English, from Old English welcumian, wylcumian, from wilcuma, noun

Interjection

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

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Interjection

12th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of welcome was before the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near welcome

Cite this Entry

“Welcome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/welcome. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

welcome

1 of 4 interjection
wel·​come ˈwel-kəm How to pronounce welcome (audio)
used to greet a guest or newcomer upon arrival

welcome

2 of 4 verb
welcomed; welcoming
1
: to greet in a warm and friendly manner
2
: to receive or accept with pleasure
welcomes a challenge
welcomer noun

welcome

3 of 4 adjective
1
: received gladly
a welcome visitor
2
: giving pleasure : pleasing
welcome news
3
: willingly permitted to do, have, or enjoy something
anyone is welcome to use the pool
4
used in the phrase "You're welcome" as a reply to an expression of thanks

welcome

4 of 4 noun
: a friendly greeting or reception

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