• noun: a government program for poor or unemployed people that helps pay for their food, housing, medical costs, etc.
  • noun: the state of doing well especially in respect to good fortune, happiness, well-being, or prosperity
  • often used before another noun
  • synonyms: prosperity, happiness, weal


  • ('chiefly US') 'corporate welfare' [=money or aid given by the government to help a large company]

  • His family is 'on welfare'. [=receiving government assistance]

  • She donates to organizations concerned about animal 'welfare'.

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  • (..) "We the people of the United States, "in order to form a more perfect union, "establish justice, "ensure domestic tranquility, "provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare..." How many county judges in Alabama? Sixty-seven. Name them. Aren't we done? Are we not done with this? (..)
    2014 Selma