- The definition of welcome is someone or something that is pleasant, invited or permitted.
An example of welcome is a guest who's been invited to someone's home.
- Welcome is the act of greeting someone.
An example of welcome is someone saying hello with a smile on their face.
- Welcome is defined as to greet someone or accept something with pleasure or satisfaction.
An example of welcome is someone asking for feedback from attendees of an event.
Grandchildren being welcomed for a visit.
- gladly and cordially received: a welcome guest
- agreeable or gratifying: welcome news
- freely and willingly permitted or invited: welcome to use the library
Origin of welcomeMiddle English welcume, altered by associated, association with wel, well (as if translated, translation of Old French bien venu) ; from wilcume ; from Old English wilcuma, origin, originally noun , a welcome guest ; from willa, pleasure, will + cuma, guest ; from cuman, to come
wear out one's welcome☆
- Received with pleasure and hospitality into one's company or home: a welcome guest.
- Giving pleasure or satisfaction; agreeable or gratifying: a welcome respite from hard work.
- Cordially or willingly permitted or invited: You are welcome to join us.
- Used in the expression you're welcome to acknowledge an expression of gratitude.
- A cordial greeting or hospitable reception given to an arriving person.
- A reception upon arrival: gave the stranger an unfriendly welcome.
- The state of being welcome: Don't overstay your welcome.
transitive verbwel·comed, wel·com·ing, wel·comes
- To greet, receive, or entertain (another or others) cordially or hospitably.
- To receive or accept gladly: would welcome a little privacy.
Origin of welcomeMiddle English, alteration (influenced by wel, well) of Old English wilcuma, welcome guest, welcome; see gwā- in Indo-European roots.
- Greeting given upon someone's arrival.
(third-person singular simple present welcomes, present participle welcoming, simple past and past participle welcomed)
(comparative more welcome, superlative most welcome)
From Middle English welcome, wolcume, wulcume, wilcume, from Old English wilcuma ("one whose coming is pleasant, a welcome person or thing, a guest"; compare also wilcume (“welcome!”, interjection)), from Proto-Germanic *weljakwumô (“a comer, a welcomed guest”), equivalent to will (“desire”) + come (“comer, arrival”). Cognate with Scots walcome (“welcome”), West Frisian wolkom (“welcome”), Dutch welkom (“welcome”), German willkommen (“welcome”), Danish and Norwegian velkommen (“welcome”), Swedish välkommen (“welcome”), Icelandic velkomin (“welcome”).
Similar constructions are common in Romance languages, such as Italian benvenuto, Spanish bienvenido, French bienvenue and Portuguese bem-vindo, each meaning “[may you have fared] well [in] coming [here]”. These do not derive from Classic Latin, where a similar construction is not found, and presumably are instead the result of a calque from Germanic to Proto-Romance (Vulgar Latin).