on welfare

on wel·fare
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on, awn wel-fair]
    • /ɒn, ɔn ˈwɛlˌfɛər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [on, awn wel-fair]
    • /ɒn, ɔn ˈwɛlˌfɛər/

Definitions of on welfare words

  • noun on welfare the good fortune, health, happiness, prosperity, etc., of a person, group, or organization; well-being: to look after a child's welfare; the physical or moral welfare of society. 1
  • noun on welfare welfare work. 1
  • noun on welfare financial or other assistance to an individual or family from a city, state, or national government: Thousands of jobless people in this city would starve if it weren't for welfare. 1
  • noun on welfare (initial capital letter) Informal. a governmental agency that provides funds and aid to people in need, especially those unable to work. 1
  • idioms on welfare on welfare, receiving financial aid from the government or from a private organization because of hardship and need. 1
  • adjective on welfare claiming government benefits 1

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Origin of on welfare

First appearance:

before 1275
One of the 13% oldest English words
1275-1325; Middle English, from phrase wel fare. See well1, fare

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on welfare popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 90% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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