(Welch"man) n. See Welshman. [R.]
(Wel"come) a. [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.]
1. Received with gladness; admitted willingly to the house, entertainment, or company; as, a welcome
When the glad soul is made Heaven's welcome guest.Cowper.
2. Producing gladness; grateful; as, a welcome present; welcome news. "O, welcome hour!" Milton.
3. Free to have or enjoy gratuitously; as, you are welcome to the use of my library.
Welcome is used elliptically for you are welcome. "Welcome, great monarch, to your own." Dryden.
Welcome-to-our-house (Bot.), a kind of spurge Dr. Prior.
1. Salutation to a newcomer. "Welcome ever smiles." Shak.
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 bidShak.
A hearty welcome.
(Wel"come), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Welcomed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Welcoming.] [AS. wilcumian.]
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." Addison.
Thus we salute thee with our early song,Milton.
And welcome thee, and wish thee long.
(Wel"come*ly), adv. In a welcome manner.
(Wel"come*ness), n. The quality or state of being welcome; gratefulness; agreeableness; kind
(Wel"com*er) n. One who welcomes; one who salutes, or receives kindly, a newcomer. Shak.
(Weld) v. t. To wield. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Weld) n. [OE. welde; akin to Scot. wald, Prov. G. waude, G. wau, Dan. & Sw. vau, D. wouw.]
1. (Bot.) An herb (Reseda luteola) related to mignonette, growing in Europe, and to some extent in
America; dyer's broom; dyer's rocket; dyer's weed; wild woad. It is used by dyers to give a yellow color.
[Written also woald, wold, and would.]
2. Coloring matter or dye extracted from this plant.