Definition of welcome adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈwelkəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwelkəm//
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  1. 1  that you are pleased to have, receive, etc. a welcome sight Your letter was very welcome. The fine weather made a welcome change.
  2. 2  (of people) accepted or wanted somewhere Children are always welcome at the hotel. Our neighbours made us welcome as soon as we arrived. I had the feeling we were not welcome at the meeting. a welcome guest
  3. 3  welcome to do something (informal) used to say that you are happy for somebody to do something if they want to They're welcome to stay here as long as they like. You're welcome to use the pool.
  4. 4welcome to something (informal) used to say that you are very happy for somebody to have something because you definitely do not want it It's an awful job. If you want it, you're welcome to it!
  5. Word OriginOld English wilcuma ‘a person whose coming is pleasing’, wilcumian (verb), from wil- ‘desire, pleasure’ + cuman ‘come’. The first element was later changed to wel- ‘well’, influenced by Old French bien venu or Old Norse velkominn.Extra examples He made it plain that Holman’s interest in his business affairs was not entirely welcome. New members are welcome to the club. The 1% rate cut is extremely welcome. They made us very welcome in their home. Visitors are always welcome. You are perfectly welcome to stay here, if you don’t mind the mess. You are perfectly welcome to stay here: I can’t offer five-star accommodation, that’s all. You would be a most welcome guest.Idioms  used as a polite reply when somebody thanks you for something ‘Thanks for your help.’ ‘You're welcome.’
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: welcome