bienvenue

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old French bienvenue; literally bien (well) +‎ venue (come, coming); compare also bienvenu (without the -e). Presumably a calque of an Old Frankish term, from Proto-Germanic *weljakwumô (a welcome guest or arrival), from which many modern Germanic forms descend, as English welcome.

Since “you’re welcome” is recent, due to influence from English; English “you’re welcome” dates from early 20th century, French usage correspondingly later.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bienvenue f (plural bienvenues)

  1. welcome

Interjection[edit]

bienvenue

  1. welcome!
    Bienvenue à Paris!
    Welcome to Paris!
  2. (Quebec) you're welcome (answer to thank you)

Adjective[edit]

bienvenue

  1. feminine form of bienvenu

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