American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Received with pleasure and hospitality into one's company or home: a welcome guest.
- adj. Giving pleasure or satisfaction; agreeable or gratifying: a welcome respite from hard work.
- adj. Cordially or willingly permitted or invited: You are welcome to join us.
- adj. Used in the expression you're welcome to acknowledge an expression of gratitude.
- n. A cordial greeting or hospitable reception given to an arriving person.
- n. A reception upon arrival: gave the stranger an unfriendly welcome.
- n. The state of being welcome: Don't overstay your welcome.
- v. To greet, receive, or entertain (another or others) cordially or hospitably.
- v. To receive or accept gladly: would welcome a little privacy.
- interj. Used to greet cordially a visitor or recent arrival.
- idiom. wear out (one's) welcome To visit so often or stay so long as to become a nuisance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Gladly received for intercourse or entertainment; esteemed as one whose coming or presence is agreeable; held as doing well to come: as, a welcome guest or visitor; you are always welcome here; to make a visitor feel welcome. Some times used elliptically as a word of greeting to a comer or comers: as, welcome home; bid our friends welcome.
- Conferring gladness on receipt or presentation; such that its perception or acquisition gives pleasure; gladly received into knowledge or possession: as, welcome news; a welcome relief.
- Gladly or willingly permitted, privileged, or the like; free to have, enjoy, etc.: as, you are welcome to do as you please; he is welcome to the money, or to all his honors.
- Synonyms and
- Acceptable, agreeable, gratifying, pleasant.
- To greet the coming of with pleasure; salute with a welcome; receive gladly or joyfully: as, to welcome a friend, or the break of day.
- n. The act of bidding or making welcome; a kindly greeting to one coming.
- n. Kind or hospitable reception of a guest or new-comer.
- interj. Greeting given upon someone’s arrival.
- v. to affirm or greet the arrival of someone, especially by saying "Welcome!".
- v. to accept something willingly or gladly.
- adj. Whose arrival is a cause of joy.
- n. The act of greeting someone’s arrival, especially by saying "Welcome!"; reception.
- n. The utterance of such a greeting.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Received with gladness; admitted willingly to the house, entertainment, or company.
- adj. Producing gladness; grateful.
- adj. Free to have or enjoy gratuitously.
- n. Salutation to a newcomer.
- n. Kind reception of a guest or newcomer.
- v. To salute with kindness, as a newcomer; to receive and entertain hospitably and cheerfully.
- n. the state of being welcome
- n. a greeting or reception
- v. bid welcome to; greet upon arrival
- adj. giving pleasure or satisfaction or received with pleasure or freely granted
- v. accept gladly
- v. receive someone, as into one's house
- 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"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, alteration (influenced by wel, well) of Old English wilcuma, welcome guest, welcome. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The Supreme One requests that you go to the gate and in his name welcome his guests and conduct them into the city.”
“He practiced writing on the glossy board with erasable markers, forming loops and squiggled lines and words, and then wiping away everything but the word welcome, which he underlined in red and blue.”
“Your welcome is also evident by the size of our audience today-thanks to the hotel management we were able to move the luncheon from the Ballroom to here in the Concert Hall in order to accommodate everyone.”
“The word "welcome" is sprawled across five panels in 16 languages, from Russian to Urdu, in the Park Ridge school's rotunda.”
“The church logo also was changed to include the word "welcome" in a number of different languages.”
“Headline: 13 years after the war, Vietnam vets bask in welcome”
“On the store's Twitter account, owner Tom Adams seemed pleased with opening weekend, noting the warm welcome from the neighborhood and several sold-out books.”
“Good luck, Good hunting, and again welcome to our little "family".”
“As the rocks are brought in they are sprinkled with fragrant herbs and flowers and the appropriate prayers and welcome is made.”
“Spouses as good as partners have been again welcome; there is an additional cost, of course.”
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Thanks for your time! Molly
On Thu, Jun 11, 2009 at 3:53 PM, Leonso Canales wrote:
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