welcome mat

noun
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

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

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First Known Use of welcome mat

1946


WELCOME MAT Defined for English Language Learners

welcome mat

noun

Definition of welcome mat for English Language Learners

  • : 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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