What does Welcome mean?

Definitions for Welcome
ˈwɛl kəmwel·come

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Welcome.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. welcomenoun

    the state of being welcome

    "don't outstay your welcome"

  2. welcomeadjective

    a greeting or reception

    "the proposal got a warm welcome"

  3. welcomeverb

    giving pleasure or satisfaction or received with pleasure or freely granted

    "a welcome relief"; "a welcome guest"; "made the children feel welcome"; "you are welcome to join us"

  4. welcomeverb

    accept gladly

    "I welcome your proposals"

  5. welcome, receiveverb

    bid welcome to; greet upon arrival

  6. welcomeverb

    receive someone, as into one's house


  1. welcomenoun

    The act of greeting someone's arrival, especially by saying "Welcome!"; reception.

  2. welcomenoun

    The utterance of such a greeting.

  3. welcomeverb

    to affirm or greet the arrival of someone, especially by saying "Welcome!".

  4. welcomeverb

    to accept something willingly or gladly.

    We welcome suggestions for improvement.

  5. welcomeadjective

    Whose arrival is a cause of joy.

  6. welcomeinterjection

    Greeting given upon someone's arrival.

  7. Etymology: From welcome, wolcume, wulcume, wilcume, from wilcuma, from weljakwumô, equivalent to. Cognate with walcome, wolkom, welkom, willkommen, Danish and Norwegian velkommen, Swedish välkommen, velkomin.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. WELCOMEadjective

    Etymology: bien venu, French; wilcume , Saxon; welkom, Dutch.

    I serve you, madam:
    Your graces are right welcome. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    He, though not of the plot, will like it,
    And wish it should proceed; for, unto men
    Prest with their wants, all change is ever welcome. Ben Jonson.

    Here let me earn my bread,
    ’Till oft invocated death
    Hasten the welcome end of all my pains. John Milton.

    He that knows how to make those he converses with easy, has found the true art of living, and being welcome and valued every where. John Locke.

    Some stood in a row in so civil a fashion, as if to welcome us; and divers put their arms a little abroad, which is their gesture when they bid any welcome. Francis Bacon.

  2. Welcomeinterj.

    A form of salutation used to a new comer, elliptically used for you are welcome.

    Welcome, he said,
    O long expected to my dear embrace. Dryden.

    Welcome, great monarch, to your own. Dryden.

  3. Welcomenoun

    Welcome ever smiles, and farewel goes out sighing. William Shakespeare.

    Leontes opening his free arms, and weeping
    His welcome forth. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    I should be free from injuries, and abound as much in the true causes of welcomes, as I should find want of the effects thereof. Philip Sidney.

    I look’d not for you yet, nor am provided
    For your fit welcome. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    Madam, new years may well expect to find
    Welcome from you, to whom they are so kind:
    Still as they pass they court and smile on you,
    And make your beauty as themselves seem new. Edmund Waller.

    Where diligence opens the door of the understanding, and impartiality keeps it, truth finds an entrance and a welcome too. Robert South, Sermons.

  4. To Welcomeverb

    To salute a new comer with kindness.

    I know no cause
    Why I should welcome such a guest as grief,
    Save bidding farewel to so sweet a guest
    As my sweet Richard. William Shakespeare, Richard II.

    They stood in a row in so civil a fashion, as if to welcome us. Francis Bacon.

    Thus we salute thee with our early song,
    And welcome thee, and wish thee long. John Milton.

    To welcome home
    His warlike brother, is Pirithous come Dryden.

    The lark and linnet strain their warbling throats,
    To welcome in the Spring. Dryden.


  1. Welcome

    A welcome is a kind of greeting designed to introduce a person to a new place or situation, and to make them feel at ease. The term can similarly be used to describe the feeling of being accepted on the part of the new person.


  1. Welcome

    Welcome is a greeting or expression of warm reception, acceptance, or hospitality extended to someone who has arrived at a particular place or event. It is typically used to convey a friendly and inviting attitude towards the individual or group entering a new environment or situation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Welcomenoun

    received with gladness; admitted willingly to the house, entertainment, or company; as, a welcome visitor

  2. Welcomenoun

    producing gladness; grateful; as, a welcome present; welcome news

  3. Welcomenoun

    free to have or enjoy gratuitously; as, you are welcome to the use of my library

  4. Welcomenoun

    salutation to a newcomer

  5. Welcomenoun

    kind reception of a guest or newcomer; as, we entered the house and found a ready welcome

  6. Welcomeverb

    to salute with kindness, as a newcomer; to receive and entertain hospitably and cheerfully; as, to welcome a visitor; to welcome a new idea

  7. Etymology: [OE. welcome, welcume, wilcume, AS. wilcuma a welcome guest, from wil-, as a prefix, akin to willa will + cuma a comer, fr. cuman to come; hence, properly, one who comes so as to please another's will; cf. Icel. velkominn welcome, G. willkommen. See Will, n., and Come.]


  1. Welcome

    Welcome is a census-designated place in Davidson County, in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 4,162 at the 2010 census. It is nationally known as the home of NASCAR's Richard Childress. The town motto is "Welcome to Welcome, A Friendly Place," as posted on the welcoming sign. Neighboring communities and municipalities include Midway, Arcadia, and Lexington.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Welcome

    wel′kum, adj. received with gladness: admitted willingly: causing gladness: free to enjoy.—n. kindly reception.—v.t. to receive with kindness: to entertain hospitably.—ns. Wel′comeness; Wel′comer, one who welcomes.—Bid a welcome, to receive with professions of kindness. [Scand., Ice. velkominnvel, well, kominn, pa.p. of koma, to come.]

Editors Contribution

  1. welcome

    To greet a person.

    WE always welcome new employees and help them to feel connected within our work family.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 20, 2020  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Welcome is ranked #13855 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Welcome surname appeared 2,181 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Welcome.

    45.9% or 1,003 total occurrences were White.
    44.9% or 980 total occurrences were Black.
    5.6% or 123 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 45 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 19 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 11 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Welcome' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3652

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Welcome' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2029

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Welcome' in Nouns Frequency: #2918

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Welcome' in Verbs Frequency: #358

  5. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Welcome' in Adjectives Frequency: #480

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Welcome in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Welcome in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of Welcome in a Sentence

  1. Allison Donahue:

    I said,' We're going on the floor to have some fun. You're welcome to join us.' This thing about what Allison Donahue interpreted, sexually or otherwise, it's unfortunate. It's really is. Truly unfortunate.

  2. Dan Pickering:

    Investors will welcome a known franchise.

  3. Chairman Hensarling:

    To all my colleagues, particularly those who disagree with my political views, I don’t own a restaurant. But if I owned a restaurant in Dallas, I want you to know that you’d be welcome there and I’d be proud to be seen with you.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    I welcome all scrutiny. I fear no questions, as commander-in-chief, I make no apology for keeping this country safe and secure through the hard work of diplomacy over the easy rush to war.

  5. Anders Fogh Rasmussen, (Prime Minister of Denmark) Family photo after the European Council meeting in Copenhagen, 13 December 20:

    Europe is spreading its wings. In freedom. In prosperity. And in peace. It is a truly proud moment for the European Union. It is a triumph for liberty and democracy. To our new members I say: “Warmly welcome to our family”. Our new Europe is born.

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Translations for Welcome

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  • verwelkomAfrikaans
  • رحب, ترحيبArabic
  • желани, желано, добре дошъл, добре дошли, добре дошла, приветствам, желана, желанBulgarian
  • [[donar]] la [[benvinguda]], benvinguda, acollir, benvingutCatalan, Valencian
  • vítat, vítanýCzech
  • До́брѣ прити́Old Church Slavonic, Church Slavonic, Old Bulgarian
  • croesawuWelsh
  • byde velkommen, velkommen, velkomstDanish
  • begrüßen, Begrüßung, willkommen heißen, willkommen, Empfang, gutheißen, herzlich willkommenGerman
  • καλωσόρισμαGreek
  • bonvenigi, bonvenaEsperanto
  • agradable, bienvenida, bienvenido, [[dar#Spanish, acogida, bienvenidosSpanish
  • ongi etorriBasque
  • خوش آمدیPersian
  • tervetulotoivotus, [[toivottaa]] [[tervetullut, tervehtiminen, toivottaa tervetulleeksi, tervetullut, vastaanottoFinnish
  • bienvenu, souhaiter la bienvenue, bienvenue, accueillir, accueilFrench
  • ferwolkomjeWestern Frisian
  • fàilte, cuir fàilte airScottish Gaelic
  • benvindo, benvidoGalician
  • ברוך הבאHebrew
  • आपका स्वागत हैHindi
  • fogad, üdvözlés, üdvözöl, kellemes, szívesen látott, fogadtatásHungarian
  • benveniteInterlingua
  • sambut, dielu-elukan, SELAMAT DATANGIndonesian
  • bonvenigarIdo
  • benvenuto, accoglienzaItalian
  • ברוך הבאHebrew
  • 歓迎, うれしく思う, 歓迎すべき, 歓迎するJapanese
  • ការស្វាគមន៍, ទទួលKhmer
  • 환영, 환영하다Korean
  • volens, alicuius adventu festum agere, alicuius adventu festum ago, acceptus, adventu festum ago, welcomeLatin
  • rāhiriMāori
  • прием, пожелува добредојде, пречекува, добредојде, прима, добредојденMacedonian
  • verwelkomen, welkom, graag gezien, begroeting, graag ontvangen, verwelkoming, welkom heten, welkome, ontvangstDutch
  • VelkommenNorwegian
  • mile widziany, powitanie, witać, WitamyPolish
  • recepção, acolher, [[dar]] as [[boas-vindas]] a, bem-vindo, boas-vindas, aceitar, receber, bem vindaPortuguese
  • binevenit, întâmpina, binevenită, Bine ati venitRomanian
  • приветствовать, желанный, приём, приветствие, добро поRussian
  • poželjan, željna, željan, poželjni, poželjna, željno, željni, poželjnoSerbo-Croatian
  • dobrodošlica, dobrodošla, dobrodošelSlovene
  • välkomna, välkommenSwedish
  • வரவேற்புTamil
  • స్వాగతTelugu
  • ยินดีต้อนรับThai
  • mabuhayTagalog
  • buyurmak, HoşgeldinizTurkish
  • ласкаво просимоUkrainian
  • خوش آمدیدUrdu
  • chào, hoan nghênh, chào mừngVietnamese
  • vekömön, vekömikVolapük
  • 歡迎Chinese

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