Definitions for Welfareˈwɛlˌfɛər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the good fortune, health, happiness, prosperity, etc., of a person, group, or organization; well-being.

  2. Category: Government

    Ref: welfare work.

  3. financial or other assistance given to those in poverty or need; public relief.

    Category: Government

Idioms for welfare:

  1. on welfare, receiving financial or other assistance from the government because of poverty or need.

    Category: Idiom, Government

Origin of welfare:

1275–1325; ME, from phrase wel fare. See well1, fare

Princeton's WordNet

  1. social welfare, welfare, public assistance(noun)

    governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need

    "she lives on welfare"

  2. benefit, welfare(noun)

    something that aids or promotes well-being

    "for the benefit of all"

  3. wellbeing, well-being, welfare, upbeat, eudaemonia, eudaimonia(noun)

    a contented state of being happy and healthy and prosperous

    "the town was finally on the upbeat after our recent troubles"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. welfare(noun)ˈwɛlˌfɛər

    care or government money given to poor, sick, etc. people

    to receive welfare; families on welfare

  2. welfareˈwɛlˌfɛər

    sb's physical and mental health

    authorities concerned for the missing boy's welfare


  1. welfare(Noun)

    health, happiness and prosperity; well-being in any respect

  2. welfare(Noun)

    (chiefly U.S.) various forms of financial aid provided by the government to those who are in need of it (abbreviated form of Welfare assistance), social security, income support,

  3. Origin: wel faran "wellness" (cognate with Old Norse velferð, Swedish välfärd and Dutch welvaart.) Equivalent to .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Welfare(noun)

    well-doing or well-being in any respect; the enjoyment of health and the common blessings of life; exemption from any evil or calamity; prosperity; happiness


  1. Welfare

    Welfare is the provision of a minimal level of well-being and social support for all citizens, sometimes referred to as public aid. In most developed countries welfare is largely provided by the government, and to a lesser extent, charities, informal social groups, religious groups, and inter-governmental organizations. The welfare state expands on this concept to include services such as universal healthcare and unemployment insurance.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Welfare' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2110

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Welfare' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4177

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Welfare' in Nouns Frequency: #951

Translations for Welfare

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


mental and physical health; living conditions

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