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[gest] /gɛst/
a person who spends some time at another person's home in some social activity, as a visit, dinner, or party.
a person who receives the hospitality of a club, a city, or the like.
a person who patronizes a hotel, restaurant, etc., for the lodging, food, or entertainment it provides.
an often well-known person invited to participate or perform in a regular program, series, etc., as a substitute for a regular member or as a special attraction.
Zoology. an inquiline.
verb (used with object)
to entertain as a guest.
verb (used without object)
to be a guest; make an appearance as a guest:
She's been guesting on all the TV talk shows.
provided for or done by a guest:
a guest towel; a guest column for a newspaper.
participating or performing as a guest:
a guest conductor.
Origin of guest
before 900; Middle English gest < Old Norse gestr; replacing Old English gi(e)st; cognate with German Gast, Gothic gasts, Latin hostis; cf. host1, host2
Related forms
guestless, adjective
Can be confused
guessed, guest.
1. company. See visitor. Unabridged
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  • Then Grettir heard that Kormak and his fellows were come from the south, and had guested at Tongue through the night.

    The Story of Grettir The Strong Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris
  • Then he went from the south, and guested under Raun on the south side of Hitriver.

    The Story of Grettir The Strong Translated by Eirikr Magnusson and William Morris
  • Iron-face smiled, and answered not; and so came they to the house wherein they were guested.

  • So they rode on, and nought more befel that day, and they guested in a fair thorp in good enough welcome.

    The Sundering Flood William Morris
British Dictionary definitions for guested


a person who is entertained, taken out to eat, etc, and paid for by another
  1. a person who receives hospitality at the home of another: a weekend guest
  2. (as modifier): the guest room
  1. a person who receives the hospitality of a government, establishment, or organization
  2. (as modifier): a guest speaker
  1. an actor, contestant, entertainer, etc, taking part as a visitor in a programme in which there are also regular participants
  2. (as modifier): a guest appearance
a patron of a hotel, boarding house, restaurant, etc
(zoology) a nontechnical name for inquiline
(informal) be my guest, do as you like
(intransitive) (in theatre and broadcasting) to be a guest: to guest on a show
Word Origin
Old English giest guest, stranger, enemy; related to Old Norse gestr, Gothic gasts, Old High German gast, Old Slavonic gostǐ, Latin hostis enemy
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Word Origin and History for guested



Old English gæst, giest (Anglian gest) "guest; enemy; stranger," the common notion being "stranger," from Proto-Germanic *gastiz (cf. Old Frisian jest, Dutch gast, German Gast, Gothic gasts "guest," originally "stranger"), from PIE root *ghosti- "strange" (cf. Latin hostis "enemy," hospes "host" -- from *hosti-potis "host, guest," originally "lord of strangers" -- Greek xenos "guest, host, stranger;" Old Church Slavonic gosti "guest, friend," gospodi "lord, master").

Spelling evolution influenced by Old Norse cognate gestr (the usual sound changes from the Old English word would have yielded Modern English *yest). Phrase be my guest in the sense of "go right ahead" first recorded 1955.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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