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

Just two days after welcoming a new bundle of joy into their family, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle introduced their newborn son to the world with his very first photo-call. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Pose for First Photos of the Royal Baby," 8 May 2019 Hello, magnolia warblers, and welcome back to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, May 3 Edition," 3 May 2019 Certain lucky visitors may also have the pleasure of meeting Grace, a bubbly, conversational girl, at the door, welcoming you into her house. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How 21 Interior Designers Rallied Around a Young Girl with Cancer," 29 Apr. 2019 Francis has made the plight of refugees a hallmark of his papacy, and has used many of his foreign visits to insist on the need to welcome them, protect them and integrate them into society. Amira El Masaiti, The Seattle Times, "Pope in Morocco: Walls, fear-mongering won’t stop migration," 31 Mar. 2019 Hello, snowy egrets, and welcome to another edition of This Week in Timothée Chalamet. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "This Week in Timothée Chalamet, Week of April 5," 5 Apr. 2019 Prince William is weeks away from becoming a proud uncle as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are preparing to welcome their first child together. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Could Prince William Miss the Birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby?," 27 Mar. 2019 Advertising The day was punctuated by more news that Trump was likely to welcome: As Trump’s meetings with Netanyahu were winding down, word surfaced that Avenatti had been arrested. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Victory lap and accolades: Trump has, perhaps, best day ever," 26 Mar. 2019 Martha's 'secondary residence'—tells an urban story, centered around a whimsical use of color and texture that feels glamorous yet welcoming. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "You Can Now Live Like Martha Stewart With Her New Lifestyle Lines," 21 Mar. 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

Quirky shopping, gorgeous beaches, and great food await, as well a warm welcome from P-Town locals and regulars. Todd Plummer, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Boston," 9 Aug. 2018 Ellis Island has a remarkable museum depicting America’s welcome to the many thousands arriving for a better life. Alf Dubs, Time, "I Fled the Nazis as a Child Refugee. Trump's Border Policy Echoes Europe's Darkest Days," 21 June 2018 Everyone’s welcome: self-driving cars, cyclists, skateboarders, pedestrians. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Lots of Lobbies and Zero Zombies: How Self-Driving Cars Will Reshape Cities," 21 May 2018 Golden welcome: Two dozen inspectors from around the country spent the week hanging off the Golden Gate Bridge for a close-up look at how the 81-year-old icon was faring. Matier & Ross, San Francisco Chronicle, "There’s a new idea on how to honor late SF Mayor Ed Lee. It’s at SFO," 6 May 2018 Moss burned brightest but wore out his welcome in Minnesota after seven seasons. Chris Chase, For The Win, "From Deion Sanders to Donovan McNabb: Best first-round draft picks for each NFC team," 7 Mar. 2018 On the day when Daylight Savings Time ended, a Dark Knight overstayed his welcome. John Walters, Newsweek, "Let's Goat Mets! New York Loses the World Series," 2 Nov. 2015 But extreme cases aside, the Tooth Fairy may be a fairy tale that has outlived its welcome in some houses. Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "The Great Mom Debate: How Generous is the Tooth Fairy at Your House?," 5 Feb. 2012 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu infuriated the Jordanians by arranging a hero’s welcome for the guard. Alon Bernstein, The Seattle Times, "Israeli farmers concerned about Jordan ending land lease," 22 Oct. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'welcome.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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Dictionary Entries near welcome

Welch

welchman

welch plug

welcome

welcome home

welcome mat

weld

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welcome

verb

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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