- 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.
- welfare work.
- 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.
- (initial capital letter) Informal. a governmental agency that provides funds and aid to people in need, especially those unable to work.