|Origin:||well fare 'to fare well'|
wel‧fare S3 W2 [uncountable]
someone's welfare is their health and happiness:
Our only concern is the children's welfare.
help that is provided for people who have personal or social problems
welfare benefits/services/programmes etc
the provision of education and welfare services
The company's welfare officer deals with employees' personal problems.
3 American English
money that is paid by the government in the US to people who are very poor or unemployed [= benefit British English]
Most of the people in this neighborhood are on welfare.