Literally, “well come”, from Old French bienvenu, from Vulgar Latin *bene venūtus, presumably a calque of a Frankish term, from Proto-Germanic *wiljakwemô (“comer, welcome guest”), from which many modern Germanic forms, as in English welcome. Eclipsed Middle French willecomme, from Old French wilecome (“welcome”), borrowed from Middle Dutch willecome or Middle English welcome.
- un événement bienvenu
- a welcome event
As an adjective or noun meaning "one who is welcome," bienvenu corresponds in gender to the person who or thing that is welcome. As a noun meaning "the act of welcoming, the state of being welcomed," or an interjection meaning "Welcome!", it is always feminine: bienvenue.
- Son ami était le bienvenu. ― Her friend was welcome.
- Elle a souhaité la bienvenue à son ami. ― She bade her friend welcome.
- Bienvenue! ― Welcome! (to any person or people, invariable for gender or number)
- a person who is welcomed
- Vous êtes le bienvenu ― Welcome!
- Il n’est pas le bienvenu ― He's not welcome.