• "He could hardly find words to welcome them."
    "He could hardly find words to welcome them."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj welcome 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"
    • v welcome bid welcome to; greet upon arrival
    • v welcome receive someone, as into one's house
    • v welcome accept gladly "I welcome your proposals"
    • n welcome a greeting or reception "the proposal got a warm welcome"
    • n welcome the state of being welcome "don't outstay your welcome"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Washington Welcomed in New York Washington Welcomed in New York
Welcome Nugget Welcome Nugget

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Vulcan, Alberta Canada, the tourist welcome sign is written in both English and Klingon (alien language from “Star Trek”).
    • Welcome Free to have or enjoy gratuitously; as, you are welcome to the use of my library.
    • Welcome Kind reception of a guest or newcomer; as, we entered the house and found a ready welcome . "His warmest welcome at an inn.""Truth finds an entrance and a welcome too.""To thee and thy company I bid A hearty welcome ."
    • Welcome Producing gladness; grateful; as, a welcome present; welcome news. "O, welcome hour!"
    • Welcome Received with gladness; admitted willingly to the house, entertainment, or company; as, a welcome visitor. "When the glad soul is made Heaven's welcome guest."
    • Welcome Salutation to a newcomer. "Welcome ever smiles."
    • v. t Welcome To salute with kindness, as a newcomer; to receive and entertain hospitably and cheerfully; as, to welcome a visitor; to welcome a new idea. "I welcome you to land.""Thus we salute thee with our early song,
      And welcome thee, and wish thee long."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The pineapple was symbol of welcome in the 1700-1800's. That is why in New England you will see so many pineapples on door knockers. An arch in Providence RI leading into the Federal Hill neighborhood has a pineapple on it for that very reason. Pineapples were brought home by seafarers as gifts.
    • welcome Gladly received for intercourse or entertainment; esteemed as one whose coming or presence is agreeable; held as doing well to come: as, a welcome guest or visitor; you are always welcome here; to make a visitor feel welcome. Some times used elliptically as a word of greeting to a comer or comers: as, welcome home; bid our friends welcome.
    • welcome Conferring gladness on receipt or presentation; such that its perception or acquisition gives pleasure; gladly received into knowledge or possession: as, welcome news; a welcome relief.
    • welcome Gladly or willingly permitted, privileged, or the like; free to have, enjoy, etc.: as, you are welcome to do as you please; he is welcome to the money, or to all his honors.
    • welcome Synonyms and
    • welcome Acceptable, agreeable, gratifying, pleasant.
    • welcome To greet the coming of with pleasure; salute with a welcome; receive gladly or joyfully: as, to welcome a friend, or the break of day.
    • n welcome The act of bidding or making welcome; a kindly greeting to one coming.
    • n welcome Kind or hospitable reception of a guest or new-comer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Welcome wel′kum received with gladness: admitted willingly: causing gladness: free to enjoy
    • n Welcome kindly reception
    • v.t Welcome to receive with kindness: to entertain hospitably
    • ***


  • Anne Bradstreet
    Anne Bradstreet
    “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “Advice is seldom welcome; and those who want it the most always like it the least.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “The advice that is wanted is commonly not welcome and that which is not wanted, evidently an effrontery.”
  • Lord Byron
    “The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    “Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.”
  • Denis Waitley
    “You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

Mrs. Stanton, on the other hand, was welcomed at once with enthusiasm.
"Susan B. Anthony" by Alma Lutz
Oh, Gabriella, Grandison Place must shine for its master's welcome.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Both were there and welcome; the world enjoyed what good was in them, and thought no more of the matter.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle
Then his faithful dog, Bran, ran up to welcome him.
"Northland Heroes" by Florence Holbrook
She rose, half smiling, half frowning, and held out a thin hand in welcome.
"The Independence of Claire" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Cosimo was a scholar and welcomed the learned Greeks who fled from Constantinople when that city was taken by the Turks in 1453.
"Heroes of Modern Europe" by Alice Birkhead
We were not in a country where, when night overtook us, we could find some hospitable home to welcome us.
"By Canoe and Dog-Train" by Egerton Ryerson Young
The beautiful evening stars were shining in the western sky ere the welcome lights in the windows of Sagasta-weekee were seen.
"Winter Adventures of Three Boys" by Egerton R. Young
With shouts of welcome the Spanish crew received their captain's bride.
"Ronald Morton, or the Fire Ships" by W.H.G. Kingston
This information was very welcome to John and the boys.
"The Wonder Island Boys: Treasures of the Island" by Roger Thompson Finlay

In poetry:

Welcome sweet and holy day,
the day of Christ the King.
Once again the world awaits
the message that you bring.
"Message of Christmas" by Patience Strong
Be like a cottage on a moor,
A covert from the wind,
With burning fire and open door,
And welcome free and kind.
"To My Sister: On Her Twenty-First Birthday" by George MacDonald
"If thou be Lancelot du Lake
Then welcome shalt thou bee;
Wherfore see thou thyself defend,
For now defye I thee."
"Sir Lancelot Du Lake" by Thomas Percy
Thou wert there with word and welcome,
With thy smile so purely sweet;
And I laid my heart before thee,
Laid it, darling, at thy feet!—
"The Buried Flower" by William Edmondstoune Aytoun
Welcome again, O Christmas!
Though ye come with the winter wind,
Yet thy voice still glows and brightens,
And thy grasp is strong and kind.
"Christmas" by Alexander Anderson
BROTHERS, whom we may not reach
Through the veil of alien speech,
Welcome! welcome! eyes can tell
What the lips in vain would spell,--
Words that hearts can understand,
Brothers from the Flowery Land!
"At The Banquet To The Chinese Embassy" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Baldy 's BBQ welcomes Bend's morning crowd at east-side restaurant.
Ron Palillo of Welcome Back Kotter dies.
We welcome November with this hunting influenced photo.
On Sunday, Nov 4, the proud parents to Edward Duke, 2 months, celebrated the official baptism of their bouncing baby boy, whom they welcomed into the world via gestational surrogate on Aug 29.
Welcome the new kids on the block.
Rockford Symphony Orchestra (RSO) welcomes baritone Brad Liebl as the guest artist for SoundBites, the lunchtime discussion series hosted by RSO Music Director Steven Larsen.
Blankets, lawn chairs and coolers are welcome, but pets are not permitted.
Today, our "Welcome America" events are largely family fun.
As always, we welcome public discussion on any issue on our website and in our newspapers through letters to the editor.
The Buffalo Zoo has welcomed some new animals to the collection, including a.
Welcome to the least relevant review you will read all year.
Bayonne residents welcome recovery, albeit a slow one.
My friend Linda Gordon has one of those homes where you always feel welcome.
Michelle Beadle welcomes Jemele Hill to the podcast for the first time to talk "Basketball Wives" and more.
For the last few years, we seemed to have quite a few different families in need of a place to live and we always welcomed them into our home.

In science:

Also, some theoretical work concerning the sampling uniformity within the central level would be welcome.
Simple Dynamics for Broad Histogram Method
It is therefore welcomed to start with classical variables that have a simple behaviour with respect to the constraints.
On the structure of the space of generalized connections
This feature is very welcome, as it makes the actual three-loop calculation completely automatic and rather straightforward.
Effective Hamiltonian for Non-Leptonic |Delta F| = 1 Decays at NNLO in QCD
Extensions of Diff ω (Σ) are welcome in applications to quantum gravity.
Functorial Aspects of the Space of Generalized Connections
An analytical check of this result would be much welcome, even in one dimension.
Metastable states and T=0 hysteresis in the random-field Ising model on random graphs