Old English

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Etymology

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From Proto-Germanic *wiljakumô. Equivalent to willa +‎ cuma. Compare wilspell (welcome news), which is formed similarly.

Pronunciation

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Noun

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wilcuma m

  1. welcome guest

Declension

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Interjection

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wilcuman

  1. welcome
    • c. 900, Werferth, translation of the Dialogues of Gregory
      wilcuman lā, mīne hlāfordas, wilcuman lā, mīne hlāfordas, ġē þe wǣron ġeēadmodode, þæt ġē cōmon tō þȳslīcum ēowrum þēowe! ic cume nū, ic cume nū! ic sæcge ēow þancas, ic sæcge ēow þancas!
      Welcome O, my lords, welcome, O, my lords, ye who were humbled, that ye came to such your servant! I am coming now, I am coming now! I tell you thanks, I tell you thanks!

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