welcome

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

Definition of welcome

 (Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

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

welcome

interjection

Definition of welcome (Entry 2 of 4)

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

welcome

adjective

Definition of welcome (Entry 3 of 4)

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 go— W. M. Thackeray
4 used in the phrase "You're welcome" as a reply to an expression of thanks

welcome

noun

Definition of welcome (Entry 4 of 4)

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

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Other Words from welcome

Verb

welcomer noun

Adjective

welcomely adverb
welcomeness noun

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Season 3 of The Crown chose not to prominently feature Princess Margaret's children, but the queen's sister indeed welcomed a son and a daughter with her husband, Antony Armstrong-Jones. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon's Children Have Families of Their Own," 28 Nov. 2019 Free parking, free admission and gift wrapping available (donations welcome). Anchorage Daily News, "2019 Holiday Fairs and Bazaars," 27 Nov. 2019 The myth is that friendly Indians, unidentified by tribe, welcome the Pilgrims to America, teach them how to live in this new place, sit down to dinner with them and then disappear. Claire Bugos, Smithsonian, "The Myths of the Thanksgiving Story and the Lasting Damage They Imbue," 27 Nov. 2019 According to Roop, some 50 people turned out Saturday to celebrate the anniversary of the film, enjoy the food and take in a screening that began at 7 p.m. The church also welcomed donations for the New Windsor Food Bank from all attendees. Akira Kyles, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "New Windsor celebrates 20th anniversary of Julia Roberts filming ‘Runaway Bride’ in town," 26 Nov. 2019 As First Lady Melania Trump was welcomed onstage at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Tuesday to speak during a youth event, she was met with resounding boos from the audience of middle and high students from the Baltimore area. Josiah Bates, Time, "First Lady Melania Trump Booed While Speaking at Youth Summit in Baltimore," 26 Nov. 2019 Kenneth Burleson, chief legal counsel for Thurston's office, said the office welcomed a discussion with lawmakers about the access cards. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, "Policy aims to limit handouts of Capitol access cards," 24 Nov. 2019 The Miami Dolphins could welcome back up to three starting defenders for Sunday’s road game against the Cleveland Browns. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins hope at least one starting defender can return against Browns," 22 Nov. 2019 Rather than attempt to recreate the original series, Generation Q welcomes a slew of new LGBTQIA+ characters from a new, well, generation. Allure, "Jennifer Beals Opens Up About The L Word's Highly Anticipated Reboot," 21 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Interjection Welcome, Baskets and Better Things and One Mississippi and now The Cops [all from C.K.'s production company] and more to come. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, "FX Chief John Landgraf Talks 'Peak TV,' 'Louie' Future and Netflix: It's "Shoveling Money"," 25 May 2017 Her presence in the race adds new dimensions to the conversation, and that’s welcome. Pioneer Press Editorial Board, Twin Cities, "Conversing with St. Paul mayoral candidates: Elizabeth Dickinson," 22 Mar. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective TODAY’S DAILY DIGIT A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10. 10/10: Rinse and repeat of sunny and dry are even more welcome with a few gray days ahead! Brian Jackson, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Bright and cheery today; turning gray and gloomy tomorrow," 27 Aug. 2017 On tour, though, care of Lövik often falls to Irina, which can be a welcome distraction for her during Sascha’s matches. Longreads, "Family Band," 22 Aug. 2017 Cars like the Elantra, then, are a welcome respite for those of us who actually like to drive, who like the feeling of controlling the machine. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "The Manual Car Is About More Than Shifting Gears," 19 Aug. 2017 The couple made a welcome toast, thanking their guests for sharing in the weekend– Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: Erin Andrews and Jarret Stoll's Mountain-Top Wedding in Montana," 16 Aug. 2017 Conductor Lisa LeMay’s 17-strong orchestra handles the various musical flavors well, and there’s lots of drama and surprise to the lighting design by David Cuthbert, a welcome San Diego returnee. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "San Diego Rep revival lends heart to tuneful but cynical 'Evita'," 10 Aug. 2017 In this salad, the saltiness of the cod and the tang of the cheese bring a welcome punch. Daniel Boulud, ELLE Decor, "3 Timeless French Recipes From France's Most Admired Chefs," 9 Aug. 2017 After the welcome bubbles, guests will learn the art of creating the perfect champagne cocktail(s) with the property's resident bartender. Micaela English, Town & Country, "This Charming Maine Inn Has An Entire Weekend Dedicated To Champagne," 7 Aug. 2017 Residents who would like to host a gathering are also welcome to do so since several areas do not have a block captain. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Rancho Bernardo, "National Night Out events planned for Tuesday," 27 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Beth Am Synagogue Rabbi Daniel Burg, at center with guitar, surrounded by congregants and guests, watches Mark Joseph, upper right, affix the mezuzah, a sign of faith and welcome, outside the entrance to the Reservoir Hill synagogue. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "After staying while other congregations fled to Baltimore ’burbs, Beth Am synagogue celebrates $5.5M overhaul," 17 Nov. 2019 The feeling of his death as welcome, as a release, as relief — that is an emotion with many currents. Peter Rock, New York Times, "Around Milos, Swimming the Aegean Sea," 14 Nov. 2019 Cleaning up after the messier elves can get tiresome! Don't worry—your in-laws might overstay their welcome, but the Elf will not. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, "When Does the Elf on the Shelf Come for Christmas? And When Does the Elf on the Shelf Leave?," 8 Nov. 2019 Arsenal welcome Wolves to the Emirates on Saturday, with the hosts looking to bounce back from their thrilling Carabao Cup elimination at Liverpool. SI.com, "The Arsenal XI That Should Start Against Wolves in the Premier League," 1 Nov. 2019 The Irish welcome winless Pontiac (0-8) to wrap up the regular season. Joey Yashinsky And Chris Allen, Detroit Free Press, "These Michigan high school football teams are on the playoff bubble," 25 Oct. 2019 Five leaders in the region have tried to overstay their welcome in recent years. The Economist, "The Kremlin is encouraging Guinea’s president to ditch the constitution," 21 Oct. 2019 In a northern village, residents welcomed the troops by showering them with rice, an Arab gesture of welcome. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Turkey widens invasion as Syrian army returns to northeast," 14 Oct. 2019 And Marcus Mariota, the former No. 2 overall draft choice in 2015, wore out his welcome in Tennessee within three quarters of his meltdown at Mile High. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Lunch Special: After two straight wins, are these Broncos a playoff-caliber team?," 14 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of welcome

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

History and Etymology for welcome

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

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Time Traveler for welcome

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

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Last Updated

1 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Welcome.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/welcome?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=w&file=welcom01. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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More Definitions for welcome

welcome

verb
How to pronounce welcome (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of welcome

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: to greet (someone) in a warm and friendly manner
: to receive or accept (something) with happiness or pleasure

welcome

interjection

English Language Learners Definition of welcome (Entry 2 of 4)

used as a friendly greeting to someone who has arrived at a place

welcome

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of welcome (Entry 3 of 4)

: giving someone happiness or pleasure
used to say that you are happy to have someone come to and stay in a place (such as your home)
used to say that someone can have or take something because you do not want it yourself + to

welcome

noun

English Language Learners Definition of welcome (Entry 4 of 4)

: the way in which someone is greeted

welcome

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

Kids Definition of welcome

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to greet with friendship or courtesy
2 : to receive or accept with pleasure We welcomed the opportunity to travel.

welcome

adjective

Kids Definition of welcome (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : greeted or received gladly a welcome rain Visitors are welcome.
2 : giving pleasure : pleasing a welcome sight
3 : willingly permitted to do, have, or enjoy something You're welcome to come along.
4 used in the phrase "You're welcome" as a reply to an expression of thanks

welcome

noun

Kids Definition of welcome (Entry 3 of 3)

: a friendly greeting

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