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 Turkey’s welcome here, but definitely not necessary. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "How to Make Your Vegetarian Loved Ones Happy on Thanksgiving," 14 Nov. 2019 The medical student had noticed that in her once-welcoming hometown of Catania, Sicily, neighbors and acquaintances had started speaking about immigrants only through harmful stereotypes and unverified data. Stefania D'ignoti/catania, Time, "'The Mind Is Our Most Powerful Muscle.' Inside the Sicilian 'Self-Defense' Class Trying to Tackle Intolerance," 13 Nov. 2019 Karen and Jimi welcomed their first child together in 2010. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "How Little Big Town's Karen Fairchild Found Love With Bandmate Jimi Westbrook After Her Divorce," 13 Nov. 2019 Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the host of the Laugh Track column, a man who is wearing the brown and orange … Mike McIntyre. Michael K. Mcintyre, cleveland, "Tom Papa headlines Hilarities with Erica Rhodes, while Arnez J. is at the Improv," 7 Nov. 2019 Yellowstone officials predict bears will become more habituated to humans as the park welcomes more visitors. USA TODAY, "Lighthouse in peril, Wizard Rock, cable a la carte: News from around our 50 states," 4 Nov. 2019 The relationship surprised some fans, as both Kehlani and YG welcomed babies this year with other people. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "YG Says ‘I Love Kehlani’ After Footage Surfaces of Rapper Cozying Up to Another Woman in LA," 31 Oct. 2019 Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Wednesday, sending the S&P 500 to a record high for the second time this week, as investors welcomed the Federal Reserve’s decision to lower interest rates for the third time this year. BostonGlobe.com, "With its latest rate cut, the Fed has nearly reversed the four rate hikes that it made in 2018.," 31 Oct. 2019 Design an open, airy space that made for an efficient and happy HQ for their employees—and also served as a welcoming space for their children. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How Ariel Okin and Maisonette Created an Office Designed for Kids," 22 Oct. 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 The new store will host an industry networking event aimed at providing a space for networking between professionals in the industry, but anyone is welcome. Savannah Mehrtens, Houston Chronicle, "Roundups: Floor and Decor holds grand opening, new stores debut in Deerbrook ahead of Holiday season," 3 Nov. 2019 As the Washington Post wrote this spring: But six months and several caravans later, much of that welcome has dried up. Mark Krikorian, National Review, "Why Mexico Is Cooperating with Us on Immigration," 17 Oct. 2019 Pineapples also, in times gone by, were used as a symbol of welcome. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Moving the masses," 14 Oct. 2019 The delirious scenes of welcome to Chamberlain and French Prime Minister Édouard Daladier on their return bear witness to the preparedness of many to salute a peace that sacrificed Czechoslovakia. P. E. Caquet, Time, "What the British and the French Actually Thought About the Decision to Appease Hitler at Munich in 1938," 24 Sep. 2019 With so much focus falling on Gen-Z’s penchant for eye-level idiosyncrasies, a switch of the lip is a welcome—and decidedly cool—counter. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Kaia Gerber Takes Max Mara’s Moody Lip to the Streets of Milan," 19 Sep. 2019 While the food was tasty and the safety tips for adult helpers were welcome, cooking the pudding proved decidedly un-kid-friendly, due to such a long, bubbly stove time. Jolene Thym, The Mercury News, "Taste Off: The best cooking kits for kids," 26 Aug. 2019 Earlier this year, DeMellier's founder Mireia Llusia-Lindh told Town & Country that the royal support was a welcome—if unexpected—development. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "A Meghan Markle and Pippa Middleton-Approved Clutch Gets an Update at J.Crew," 13 Aug. 2019 Anyone is welcome to join the 45-member group and all voice ranges are welcome. courant.com, "Community News For The Enfield Edition," 11 Sep. 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

17 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Welcome.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/welcomed. Accessed 22 November 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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