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



    BrE BrE//ˈwelkəm//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwelkəm//
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] something that you do or say to somebody when they arrive, especially something that makes them feel you are happy to see them Thank you for your warm welcome. The winners were given an enthusiastic welcome when they arrived home. a speech/smile of welcome to receive a hero’s welcome
  2. 2[countable] the way that people react to something, which shows their opinion of it This new comedy deserves a warm welcome. The proposals were given a cautious welcome by the trade unions.
  3. 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 A big welcome to our special guest, James Greenan. A warm welcome awaits you at this family-run hotel. Sensing that he had outstayed his welcome, he quickly left. Sensing that he had outstayed his welcome, he quickly said his goodbyes and left. She got a hero’s welcome on her return from the Olympics. She held out her arms in welcome. Thank you for those words of welcome. The audience gave the band a rousing welcome. The proposal received a cautious welcome from the Opposition. The proposals have been given a broad welcome by green campaigners. They received a cold welcome to their new home. Ellen received a hero’s welcome on returning to her home town. Her wrinkled face broke into a smile of welcome. Thank you for your warm welcome. This new comedy deserves a warm welcome.Idioms
    outstay/overstay your welcome
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    to stay somewhere as a guest longer than you are wanted
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: welcome