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)
Welcome is used elliptically for you are welcome. Welcome, great monarch, to your own.
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.