- Welfare is the state of good health, happiness and comfort or financial assistance from the government.
- An example of welfare is having food and lodging during a time of severe hardship.
- An example of welfare is a food stamp.
welfare definition by Webster's New World
- the state of being or doing well; condition of health, happiness, and comfort; well-being; prosperity
- the organized efforts of government agencies that grant aid to the poor, the unemployed, etc.
- such aid
- welfare work
Origin: Middle English ; from wel faren, to fare well: see well and amp; fare
welfare definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. Health, happiness, and good fortune; well-being.b. Prosperity.
- Welfare work.
- a. Financial or other aid provided, especially by the government, to people in need.b. Corporate welfare.
Origin: Middle English, from wel faren, to fare well, from Old English wel faran : wel, well; see well2 + faran, to get along; see fare.
welfare - Cultural Definition
Government-provided support for those unable to support themselves. In the United States, it is undertaken by various federal, state, and local agencies under the auspices of different programs, the best known of which are Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) and food stamps.
welfare - Phrases/Idioms