(third-person singular simple present welcomes, present participle welcoming, simple past and past participle welcomed)
- To affirm or greet the arrival of someone, especially by saying "Welcome!".
- To accept something willingly or gladly.
- We welcome suggestions for improvement.
(comparative more welcome, superlative most welcome)
- Whose arrival is a cause of joy; received with gladness; admitted willingly to the house, entertainment, or company.
- a welcome visitor
- Producing gladness.
- a welcome present; welcome news
- Free to have or enjoy gratuitously.
- You are welcome to the use of my library.
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 *weljakwumÃ´ (“a comer, a welcomed guest"), equivalent to will (“desire") +"Ž come (“comer, arrival"). Cognate with Scots walcome (“welcome"), West Frisian wolkom (“welcome"), Dutch welkom (“welcome"), German willkommen (“welcome"), Danish and Norwegian velkommen (“welcome"), Swedish vÃ¤lkommen (“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).