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Language: Old English
Origin: wilcume, from wilcuma 'person you are glad to have as a guest', from willa ( WILL2) + cuma 'someone who comes'; influenced by well

welcome

4 interjection
     
welcome4
used to greet someone who has just arrived
welcome to
Welcome to London!
Welcome back -- it's good to see you again.

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