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



BrE BrE//ˈwelkəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwelkəm//
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 used as a greeting to tell somebody that you are pleased that they are there Welcome home! Welcome to Oxford! Good evening everybody. Welcome to the show! 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.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: welcome