- Specifically, the general happiness of a community, country etc. (often with qualifying word). [from 15th c.]
- (now literary) Welfare, prosperity. [from 10th c.]
- (obsolete) Wealth, riches. [10th-19th c.]
- a raised, longitudinal wound, usually purple, on the surface of flesh caused by stroke of rod or whip; a welt.
- To mark with stripes; to wale.