What does Welfare mean?

Definitions for Welfareˈwɛlˌfɛər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Welfare.

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"


  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

  2. Origin: [Well + fare to go, to proceed, to happen.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Welfare

    wel′fār, n. state of faring or doing well: freedom from any calamity, &c.: enjoyment of health, &c.: prosperity.

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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Welfare in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Welfare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Aaron Wudrick:

    This is what we call corporate welfare.

  2. Cicero:

    The welfare of the people is the ultimate law.

  3. Narendra Modi:

    The objective must be to improve the welfare of the people.

  4. Cicero:

    The welfare of the people is the ultimate law. (Salus Populi Suprema Est Lex)

  5. Ted Cruz:

    I don't think we can be credible until we're willing to take on corporate welfare.

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