(a word of kindly greeting, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure):Welcome, stranger!
a kindly greeting or reception, as to one whose arrival gives pleasure:to give someone a warm welcome.
wear out one's welcome, to make one's visits so frequent or of such long duration that they become offensive:Your cousins have long since worn out their welcome.
to greet the arrival of (a person, guests, etc.) with pleasure or kindly courtesy.
to receive or accept with pleasure; regard as pleasant or good:to welcome a change.
to meet, accept, or receive (an action, challenge, person, etc.) in a specified, esp. unfriendly, manner:They welcomed him with hisses and catcalls.
gladly received, as one whose arrival gives pleasure:a welcome visitor.
agreeable, as something arriving, occurring, or experienced:a welcome rest.
given full right by the cordial consent of others:She is welcome to try it.
without obligation for the courtesy or favor received (used as a conventional response to expressions of thanks):You're quite welcome.
Scandinavian; compare Old Norse velkominn, equivalent. to velwell1 + kominncome (past participle); replacing Old English wilcuma one who is welcome, equivalent. to wil- welcome (see will2) + cuma comer