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

Essential Meaning of welcome

1 : to greet (someone) in a warm and friendly manner She welcomed the students into her home. We welcome you to the show.
2 : to receive or accept (something) with happiness or pleasure He's a bright student who welcomes a challenge. We welcome your comments/suggestions. [=we will be glad to receive any comments/suggestions you may have] I welcome this opportunity [=I am glad to have this opportunity] to explain what really happened.

Full 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



Definition of welcome (Entry 2 of 4)

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



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



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

Other Words from welcome


welcomer noun


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 Congrats and welcome to the newest member of our ATL flight club. Sophie Reardon, CBS News, 25 Nov. 2021 Congrats and welcome to the newest member of our ATL flight club. NBC News, 25 Nov. 2021 Though museums and other institutions have had artist-in-residence programs for decades, law firms have not traditionally been sponsors, though Columbia Law School did welcome its first resident artist, Bayeté Ross Smith, this year. New York Times, 24 Nov. 2021 People might struggle and starve—inordinately people of color—but the fundamentals of the economy will look stronger on paper, and desperation will create a cheaper and more compliant workforce with which to welcome private investors. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, 24 Nov. 2021 New York, which is set to welcome thousands of visitors to the streets of Manhattan for its annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, had maintained relatively low COVID-19 infection figures in recent months. Arielle Mitropoulos, ABC News, 24 Nov. 2021 Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort, Fiji, the eco-adventure luxury destination located in the heart of the South Pacific, is ready to welcome guests back to experience the joy of tropical beach vacations once again. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 23 Nov. 2021 The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's plan to welcome commercial tourism makes the country the first newly accessible destination since travel restrictions to Cuba were relaxed five years ago, and cruise ships have already arrived. Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Nov. 2021 Tom Rafter, who oversees operations at the Nantucket Memorial Airport, told the Boston Globe that each of his 34 full-time employees will be on hand next week to welcome Air Force One. Maegan Vazquez, CNN, 23 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That was fewer than usual, thanks to concerns about the pandemic, but still welcome. Sig Christenson, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Nov. 2021 Governor Sununu, welcome to Meet the Press, sir. GOV. NBC News, 14 Nov. 2021 This cheeky narration, welcome in the context of cookie diplomacy, jars when applied to the furious, exultant experience of watching confrontations between police officers and civilians turn violent. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 10 Nov. 2021 Groups from senior centers and assisted living centers are welcome to attend. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 Nov. 2021 From fewer than 500 people in the town to worries about growing too much too quickly, welcome to Triana. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 7 Nov. 2021 Video also shows police appearing to welcome Rittenhouse and other armed citizens, including handing them bottles of water. Scott Bauer, ajc, 30 Oct. 2021 But the politics of the moment did not wait for, or necessarily welcome, leaders. New York Times, 25 Oct. 2021 Shuttle bus transportation is available; costumes welcome. Anchorage Daily News, 21 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After a day of activities, The St. Regis Deer Valley resort offers a welcome — and super-luxe — respite. Jennifer Bradley Franklin, USA TODAY, 15 Nov. 2021 James and Jolly Onobun welcome Samuelsson to their Nigerian bakery, Jolly Jolly. Therese Odell, Chron, 4 Nov. 2021 Brass plug in their mutes and lugubrious quarter tones reign in a bluesy, and much welcome, moment of respite. Hannah Edgar, chicagotribune.com, 2 Nov. 2021 With a budget of about $2,000 per year, the group organized welcome, holiday, and farewell parties for the students and their host families and helped pay student expenses such as prom attire or graduation caps and gowns. Mary Ann Ashcraft, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 10 Oct. 2021 Speaking of combative chemistry, a big welcome to the marvelous Julianna Margulies as Laura Peterson, a charismatically cagey veteran TV journalist whose motives are always questionable and never less than fascinating. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2021 Ten Hills is bordered on three sides by Edmondson Avenue, Rock Glen Road and Uplands Park, a welcome, if marshy, buffer zone. Christina Hyder, baltimoresun.com, 13 Aug. 2021 Alaska’s gold and silver medalist swimmer is back from Tokyo, and there’s a warm welcome planned in celebration. Anchorage Daily News, 5 Aug. 2021 And a big welcome to Stephanie Breijo, our new Food reporter! Bill Addison, Los Angeles Times, 31 July 2021

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First Known Use of welcome


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


12th century, in the meaning defined above


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1525, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for welcome


Middle English, from Old English welcumian, wylcumian, from wilcuma, noun


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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27 Nov 2021

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“Welcome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/welcome. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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More Definitions for welcome


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.



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



Kids Definition of welcome (Entry 3 of 3)

: a friendly greeting

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