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 Yet a controversial new education proposal threatens to effectively roll up the Netherlands’ welcome mat. Lenora Chu, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Sep. 2023 News of the welcome mat certainly spread among immigrant circles through social media very quickly. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 15 Sep. 2023 Freeze, who named a starting quarterback last week, said the welcome mat might be going on hiatus. Michael Casagrande | McAsagrande@al.com, al, 22 Aug. 2023 Residents often open their front doors in the morning to discover that their showy neighbors had left them unwelcome presents on their welcome mats. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2023 If in the coming months her friend rolls up the welcome mat, the alternative for your sister will be the nursing facility. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 29 Jan. 2023 Arlington has tried to roll out the welcome mat for urban agriculture companies like AgriPlay. Teo Armus, Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2023 Because Elon Musk’s Twitter is rolling out a welcome mat for the far-right television host. Prem Thakker, The New Republic, 9 May 2023 The American front door is a place where the welcome mat offers friendly greetings, where affable neighbors knock or ring, where boxes brimming with possibility are delivered. Ted Anthony, Chicago Tribune, 23 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1946, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of welcome mat was in 1946

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“Welcome mat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/welcome%20mat. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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