Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To greet, receive, or entertain (another or others) cordially or hospitably.
  • transitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • transitive v. To salute with kindness, as a newcomer; to receive and entertain hospitably and cheerfully.

from The 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Middle English, alteration (influenced by wel, well) of Old English wilcuma, welcome guest, welcome.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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”) +‎ 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)

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  • ¡El Conde vive en el ataúd! ¡Bebe de la sangre!

    (The Count lives in the coffin! He drinks of the blood!)

    March 15, 2009

  • Welcome to my house. Come freely. Go safely; and leave something of the happiness that you bring! - Dracula

    March 15, 2009