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

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The launch includes a welcome mat, a picnic blanket, a sling chair, a folding stool, a floor cushion, and a sun shade. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Your Next Picnic Needs Society6's Fun New Outdoor Line," 16 May 2019 The melody is no longer a farewell but a welcome mat to the ears to come inside. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "A festival's final concert brings the microtonal outsiders in," 17 June 2018 Parker, amusingly, placed a chenille welcome mat on each side of her bed. Lesley M.m. Blume, Town & Country, "Inside Frank Gehry's Overhaul of Garden of Allah, L.A.’s Most Infamous Corner," 25 Feb. 2019 At an apartment with a welcome mat, a 29-year-old undocumented construction worker from Honduras cracked open the door. Maria Sacchetti, Washington Post, "Amid crackdown, advocates for immigrants say citizenship question will spook census-takers," 16 Apr. 2018 Along the way, most Mexican townspeople have rolled out the welcome mat. José De Córdoba And Juan Montes, WSJ, "On the Caravan Trail, Grueling Conditions Take Toll on Migrants," 26 Oct. 2018 Officially named an Appalachian Trail community in 2009, laying out a welcome mat and resources to the millions of hikers that pass through each year, the scenery is a constant reminder of all the possible activities to be enjoyed. Kaitlyn Wylde, Vogue, "What’s So Great About Great Barrington? A Weekend Guide to the Quietly Cool Berkshire Town," 25 Oct. 2018 Refugees still look back with appreciation to the welcome mat the American government offered. Anh Do, latimes.com, "Vietnamese refugees who got a warm welcome from America puzzle at family separations, harsh rhetoric," 1 July 2018 The hardened stance reflects a souring national mood, with a far-right party now in Parliament for the first time in more than half a century and Chancellor Angela Merkel under pressure to pull up the welcome mat once and for all. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "Migrants say these mass shelters are like prisons. Germany wants to build more.," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of welcome mat

1946, in the meaning defined above

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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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