2. Kind reception of a guest or newcomer; as, we entered the house and found a ready welcome. "His warmest welcome at an inn." (Shenstone) "Truth finds an entrance and a welcome too." (South) To bid welcome, to receive with professions of kindness. "To thee and thy company I bid A hearty welcome." (Shak)
Origin: 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, and Come.
(01 Mar 1998)
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