You are welcome to join us.
A welcome guest.
A welcome respite from hard work.
Gave the stranger an unfriendly welcome.
Would welcome a little privacy.
A welcome guest.
Welcome to use the family library.
An example of welcome is someone asking for feedback from attendees of an event.
An example of welcome is a guest who's been invited to someone's home.
An example of welcome is someone saying hello with a smile on their face.
A hearty (or cold) welcome.
To welcome criticism.
A welcome present; welcome news.
You are welcome to the use of my library.
We entered the house and found a ready welcome.
Don't overstay your welcome.
- 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
Origin of welcome
- 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
- 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).