from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A mat, especially one having the word welcome on it, placed in front of a door to welcome visitors and to allow visitors a place to wipe their feet before entering.
  • n. Warm hospitality accorded to a guest in order to provide a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere: The city put out the welcome mat for the new baseball team.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A doormat with a welcoming message on it.
  • n. Any sign or indication of welcome.

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

  • n. a mat placed outside an exterior door for wiping the shoes before entering


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  • In the past, immigration occurred on America’s terms; the welcome mat could be extended selectively, on the basis of the immigrant’s skills or color or the needs of industry.

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