Definition of welcome in English:
- In Korea, like Japan, walking into a shop or restaurant will usually result in a hail of welcomes and other ritualized greetings from the employees.
- A warm welcome is extended to the people who have come to live in the parish.
- Regardless of that result, the team are still likely to receive a warm welcome when they return to the Showgrounds on Saturday to face Limerick.
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- When guests visit you, it is polite to welcome them with kind words and serve them what you have.
- The website has a very friendly and welcoming layout.
- One of the keys to hospitable service is greeting people with a smile and welcoming attitude.
- Most tower captains are glad to welcome visitors, explain what happens and offer to teach learners.
- In addition to welcoming visitors, the restored house will also host literary evenings and celebrations.
- They welcome new members and ideas on how best to entertain the visitors when they arrive in September.
- Having requested such a debate in advance of Mr Adams' proposal, the Green Party welcomes these recent developments.
- The coup was widely welcomed by the population, who hope for both their wages and for elections.
- The opposition parties then welcomed the fresh start for the assembly.
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- So your website must be ready to receive this welcome guest.
- I've been in restaurants in Brussels where I felt like a welcome guest in somebody's home.
- Ahmad has helped him out and is always a welcome guest.
- Please take a look and any additions are most welcome!
- Volunteer helpers are also welcome and adults are allowed to join the mountain biking activities.
- The cool air from the windows allowed a welcome breeze carrying the scent of pineapples and pomegranate.
- Please feel welcome to come and join in, if you enjoy singing, or just enjoy the sound.
- All current members and interested community members are encouraged and most welcome to attend.
- People can express any opinion or concept they desire and anyone is welcome to take part.
Old 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.
well from (Old English):
The well meaning ‘in a good way’ and well ‘shaft giving access to water’ are different Old English words. The first provides the first half of welfare (Middle English). The start of welcome (Old English), on the other hand, is from another Old English element, wil- meaning ‘pleasure’—welcome originally meant ‘a person whose arrival is pleasing’. Wealth (Middle English) has a basic sense of ‘well-being’, being formed from well in the same way that health (Old English) is formed from hale ( see wassail). The title of Shakespeare's comedy All's Well that Ends Well was already an old saying when he wrote the play at the beginning of the 17th century. The first record of the proverb is as early as 1250. People have been well endowed only since the 1950s, but men could be well-hung in the early 17th century. At this time it meant ‘having large ears’ as well as ‘having a large penis’. The well you get water from is Old English wella ‘spring of water’, of Germanic origin, from a base meaning ‘boil, bubble up’,
make someone welcome
- Receive and treat someone hospitably.Example sentences
- If anyone wants to play a more regular part in the daily life of the centre and help muck-out or groom their adopted animal, they will be made welcome.
- Businesses will leave and go to other cities or towns where they will be made welcome.
- There's no doubt that there are some very professional clubs in this league and they are looking forward to playing us and making us welcome.
wear out (or overstay or outstay) one's welcome
- Stay as a visitor longer than one is wanted.Example sentences
- Finally the moment came when I knew I had to leave as I had already stayed for dinner and overstayed my welcome.
- Another way of dissuading the geese from overstaying their welcome in the park is limiting their food supply by keeping grass cut extremely short and imposing fines on people feeding them.
- By overstaying his welcome, however, he may have deprived himself of the glorious exit that his achievements deserve.
- Used as a polite response to thanks.
- Example sentences
- And then, rushing in with a gust of air that was welcomely cool, Miss Halden bolted inside.
- Until now Brad has somewhat unexpectedly but very welcomely filled the role.
- A rich, warm voice drifted welcomely into my ear.
- Example sentences
- If we want a better future for this nation, we need to give everybody a sense of welcomeness and invite everybody to work hard and to study hard.
- The emotions that most explain customer intentions to return to midscale hotels are comfort, welcomeness and security.
- When I refused the third time, all the welcomeness I had received instantly evaporated.
- Example sentences
- I feel like a welcomer at Disneyland, having to stand and smile while untutored children kick my ankles and throw over-priced snack foods at me.
- I'm sorry I couldn't meet you sooner,’ Lien blandly told his welcomers.
- We best be off before our three welcomers decide to wake up.
- Example sentences
- The politics of the war are purposefully and welcomingly left out of the film.
- She smiled welcomingly at the jury.
- The period houses have been carefully preserved, right down to the stone lanterns that stand welcomingly outside the little wooden homes.
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