welcome mat


Definition of welcome mat

: something likened to a mat placed before an entrance as a sign of welcome put out the welcome mat for foreign investors

Examples of welcome mat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Astros are set to host the Washington Nationals as the World Series kicks off Tuesday in Houston, and the city’s dynamic restaurant scene is ready to roll out the welcome mat with some mind-blowing fare. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "World Series eats: Houston's top chefs hand pick your game day restaurants," 22 Oct. 2019 By modern standards, that’s an odd choice of welcome mat, but wealthy Romans often decorated the floors and walls of their homes with images of their professions. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Floor pavements in Pompeii illustrate surveying technology," 7 Dec. 2019 Alas, regulars can rejoice the spot has finally rolled out the welcome mat. Nancy Ngo, Twin Cities, "House of Wong, at its new digs, is a clone of its former self," 20 Nov. 2019 The pop star also posted a photo of the jet on Instagram, which awaited their arrival with a special welcome mat featuring the name of Bieber’s clothing line, Drew House. Joelle Goldstein, PEOPLE.com, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Celebrate Upcoming Nuptials at Wedding Rehearsal Dinner," 30 Sep. 2019 Hutchinson Island was once again the welcome mat, this time for Category 3 Hurricane Jeanne. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, "'Nightmare scenario’: 15 years since Florida was beaten, bruised by 4 hurricanes in 6 weeks," 13 Aug. 2019 This Sunday, Livermore Valley wineries are rolling out the welcome mat, the barrels and bands. Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "7 incredible Bay Area things to do over Labor Day weekend," 30 Aug. 2019 While their neighbors have been reluctant to roll out the welcome mat for businesses wanting to sell recreational marijuana, Highwood officials are open to the idea and even are considering allowing a dispensary to operate in the city’s downtown. Karen Berkowitz, chicagotribune.com, "Highwood open to allowing recreational marijuana businesses in downtown as city’s neighbors prefer outright bans," 13 Sep. 2019 Street food fest rolls out the welcome mat to invite visitors to experience its diverse and culturally rich history. San Diego Union-Tribune, "City Heights celebrates community with food, art, music," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of welcome mat

1946, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of welcome mat was in 1946

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28 Dec 2019

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“Welcome mat.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/welcome%20mat. Accessed 22 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of welcome mat

US : a small rug that is placed by the door of a person's house, apartment, etc., for guests to wipe their feet on before entering

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