Greeting given upon someone's arrival.
- To visit so often or stay so long as to become a nuisance.
- to receive with cordial greetings
- to come so often or stay so long that one is no longer welcome
- you're under no obligation for the favor given
Other Word Forms of Welcome
Origin of 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") +"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 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).
Middle English alteration (influenced by wel well) of Old English wilcuma welcome guest, welcome gwā- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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