‘Wellcome' or 'Welcome': Which is Correct?

By Amy Gilmore, updated on May 22, 2023

If you wonder whether 'wellcome' or 'welcome' is correct, I can help! The term is commonly used in everyday English conversation. So, it is essential to know the correct spelling and meaning.

I will go over all of that in this informative guide.

Are you in a hurry? 

If so, here is a quick answer:

  • 'Wellcome' is a misspelling and is never correct. 
  • 'Welcome' is a popular verb, interjection, adjective, and noun that means an inviting greeting. 

While the answer above will help you correctly spell 'welcome,' there is much more to learn. So, if you have a few minutes, stick around.

Which is Correct, 'Wellcome' or 'Welcome?'

'Welcome' is always the correct answer because 'wellcome' is a misspelling. However, that was not always the case. 'Wellcome' was the proper spelling in the past.

Over time, the archaic form changed to the single l version we use today.

Why is 'Welcome' Correct?

In regards to compound words, knowing grammar rules that apply to them can help you decide which version of a spelling to use in many cases. However, 'welcome' is not a typical English word.

So, how do you know 'welcome' is the right choice? 

In English, there are many words created with two or more smaller words, for example:

  • Withstand
  • Backward
  • Steadfast
  • Upward
  • Downward
  • Feedback
  • Nevertheless
  • Wheelbase

If you look closely, each word on the list above contains two words simply stuck together. However, when creating a term and one of the words you are compounding ends in two consonants, you sometimes drop one consonant before adding the second word to the end.

For example:

  • Misspelling
  • Misjudge
  • Welcome
  • Mistake

Unlike when you drop the last in miss, in most cases when you make words with well, you do not drop one of the l's, for example:

  • Wellsite
  • Welldoer
  • Wellspring
  • Wellborn
  • Wellness
  • Wellaway
  • Stairwell
  • Farewell
  • Wellspring
  • Gromwell
  • Wellhouse
  • Wellhead

You likely noticed that the other words on the list contain miss. When you create a compound word with miss, you drop one of the s's before you make the new term. In most cases, though, when you use well, you hyphenate well- and the second word.

So, you do not drop an l, for example:

  • Well-spoken
  • Well-being
  • Well-mannered
  • Well-behaved
  • Well-equipped
  • Well-prepared
  • Well-fed
  • Well-read
  • Well-educated
  • Well-rounded
  • Well-respected

If you followed the format of other compound words using well, the correct spelling would be:

  • Well-come

However, over the years, many widely used phrases have become shorter, and hyphenated compound words have become one.

For example:

  • Nevertheless
  • Bumblebee
  • Teapot

'Welcome' does not follow the same rules as other similar terms. So, you just have to remember that it is spelled with one l. 

Definition of 'Welcome': What Does 'Welcome' Mean?

As I mentioned above, 'welcome' can be a verb, interjection, noun, or adjective, and according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition is:

  • The act of greeting someone respectfully

It can also mean:

  • An expression of greeting
  • Receive someone happily
  • The state of being welcomed
  • A delightful invitation into someone's circle, group, home, etc.
  • An inviting reception

Synonyms of 'Welcome'

  • Greet
  • Embrace
  • Delightful
  • Warm
  • Well-received
  • Cheery
  • Cheerful
  • Blissful
  • Comforting
  • Comfortable
  • Charming
  • Personable
  • Enter
  • Come in
  • Invitation
  • Hello
  • Salutation
  • Salute
  • Satisfying
  • Host
  • Gracious

Terms and Phrases Containing 'Welcome'

  • Welcome wagon
  • Welcome party
  • Welcome mat
  • Warm welcome
  • Welcome to our home
  • More than welcome
  • A welcome change
  • A welcome sight
  • Welcome guests
  • You're welcome

Pronunciation: How Do You Pronounce 'Welcome?'

Learning to pronounce words correctly is one of the best things you can do to raise your confidence as a writer or when speaking English.

So, here is a pronunciation guide: 

  • Use the phonetic spelling below to pronounce 'welcome.'


Sample Sentences Using 'Welcome'

You likely have a clear understanding of the correct spelling and meaning of 'welcome.' However, before you leave, look at these example sentences to see the term used in different contexts.

  • Welcome! I am so happy that you are here! Dinner will be ready at 7:30 p.m. If you need anything before then, let me know!
  • The welcome mat by the door was worn. So, I picked up a new one today at the store.
  • People are welcome to start arriving at 6 p.m., but the party starts at 7 p.m.
  • I need you to gather the entire welcome committee to go over the plan for Miss Hudson's arrival.
  • You are welcome to attend the art show with us this evening. It starts at 6 p.m. and should be over around 9 p.m.
  • How do you welcome that awful woman into your home? All she does is complain and make others look bad.
  • There are some people that you should not welcome back into your life once you sever ties with them.
  • Acquaintances are a dime a dozen, but true friends that welcome you into their lives are priceless.
  • On behalf of our entire organization, I would like to welcome our newest team members warmly. Please stop by their offices to introduce yourselves after the meeting.
  • The beautiful fragrance of tropical flowers welcomes you as you walk into the lobby. It smells so good that you will think about it for years following your visit.
  • Welcome to the club! Now that you are one of us, I can spill the tea.
  • Welcome aboard! My name is Amy, and I am going to give you a tour of the office and introduce you to everyone.

Final Advice on Which is Correct, 'Wellcome' or 'Welcome'

Hopefully, you know which is correct. But, just in case, here is a quick recap: 

  • 'Wellcome' is an incorrect spelling, so you should never use it.
  • 'Welcome' is accurate and means a warm greeting or a feeling of acceptance. 

Because 'welcome' does not follow English language standards, you have to remember that it differs from other similar words. It is the only compound word containing well that is shortened to wel. So, if you get mixed up in the future, you can always come back here to review the information in this post.

You should also read a few of the other confusing word guides while you are here. They are an interesting way to learn about the proper grammar, spelling, and usage of many commonly misused terms.

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Written By:
Amy Gilmore
Amy Gilmore is one of the lead freelance writers for WritingTips.org. She has been a professional writer and editor for the past eight years. She developed a love of language arts and literature in school and decided to become a professional freelance writer after a demanding career in real estate. Amy is constantly learning to become a better writer and loves sharing tips with other writers who want to do the same.

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