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