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 Lobby groups and labor unions welcomed the plans, with the Confederation of British Industry saying businesses will feel supported as Britain begins to lift the restrictions in place since March 23. Robert Hutton, Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Inches Away From Pay Support in Bid to Contain Jobs Hit," 29 May 2020 As eateries gauge Hoosiers' comfort levels for a return to dining, some restaurants are welcoming patrons with open arms. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "76 restaurants offering reservations via Open Table during coronavirus pandemic," 29 May 2020 From May to August 2001, Ketchikan residents (grudgingly) welcomed 57.12 inches of rain to town. Jenna Schnuer, Anchorage Daily News, "Kodiak and the Alaska Panhandle: Lush green landscapes are just the beginning," 28 May 2020 Las Vegas casinos can welcome tourists again on June 4. Carla K. Johnson, Susan Haigh And Lisa Marie Pane, Houston Chronicle, "US death toll from coronavirus surges past 100,000 people," 28 May 2020 The couple welcomed the now-4-year-old little boy, who was later diagnosed with autism, through an adoption from China in October 2017. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "YouTuber Myka Stauffer Reveals She 'Rehomed' Her Son Who Has Autism 2 Years After She Adopted Him," 27 May 2020 The sustainable fashion designer and her husband Michael Hess welcomed their first child, a son named Leo, in late March. Kaitlin Menza, Condé Nast Traveler, "How I Travel: Designer Misha Nonoo Plans All of Her Trips Around Nature," 22 May 2020 Village Anchor welcomes back patrons to its dining rooms, with outdoor seating available, dependent on weather. Louisville Courier Journal, "Louisville restaurants reopen this weekend. Here are 12+ places where you can eat outside," 21 May 2020 Inside, a chalkboard with cartoon drawings of a microbe and a double helix welcomes newcomers, but the lab areas are seriously kitted out. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, "The Rogue Experimenters," 18 May 2020 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 But one customer's welcome back gift made the restaurant's return even more special for Fernandez and his employees. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Customer leaves $1,300 tip to support Texas restaurant on day it reopened after coronavirus shutdown," 3 May 2020 Cadillac’s Super Cruise hands-free driving system will add several welcome functions this year, increasing conditions in which drivers can let their Caddies essentially drive themselves, like when passing and switching highways at interchanges. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Cadillac Super Cruise gets new features that let it take over more of the driving," 2 May 2020 My new boss even gave me protective masks as a welcome present. Ebony Joseph, Good Housekeeping, "I'm an American Teacher Navigating the COVID-19 Outbreak in South Korea. Here's What I've Learned.," 25 Mar. 2020 So give spring an early welcome and gaze at this year’s brightest full moon yet. Isabel Garcia, House Beautiful, "A “Full Worm Moon” Is Happening on March 9, Marking the Beginning of Spring," 3 Mar. 2020 The deadly rioting on Monday in the capital came as Trump received a hero’s welcome at a cricket stadium full of tens of thousands of supporters in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Guy Davies, ABC News, "Citizenship riots in Delhi turn deadly while Trump talks up religious unity in India," 25 Feb. 2020 Trump began the day with an elaborate welcome ceremony at the presidential palace. NBC News, "Trump in India: President tries to shift focus from spectacle to substance," 25 Feb. 2020 An enthusiastic welcome was already underway Sunday in Ahmedabad, where huge posters of the two leaders lined the streets and the orange, white and green colors of Indian flag illuminated the city ahead of Trump’s arrival. Courtney Subramanian, USA TODAY, "Trump set for his biggest rally crowd yet in whirlwind visit to India amid trade friction," 24 Feb. 2020 Is a warm welcome from a party full of smiling politicians with the platform of Amy Klobuchar really all that different? Alexandra Desanctis, National Review, "Welcoming Pro-Life Democrats Is Not Enough," 14 Feb. 2020

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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 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Welcome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/welcome. Accessed 7 Jun. 2020.

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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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