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  1. a person who spends some time at another person's home in some social activity, as a visit, dinner, or party.

  2. a person who receives the hospitality of a club, a city, or the like.

  1. a person who patronizes a hotel, restaurant, etc., for the lodging, food, or entertainment it provides.

  2. 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.

  3. Zoology. an inquiline.

verb (used with object)
  1. to entertain as a guest.

verb (used without object)
  1. to be a guest; make an appearance as a guest: She's been guesting on all the TV talk shows.

  1. provided for or done by a guest: a guest towel; a guest column for a newspaper.

  2. participating or performing as a guest: a guest conductor.

Origin of guest

First recorded before 900; Middle English gest, from Old Norse gestr; replacing Old English gi(e)st; cognate with German Gast,Gothic gasts,Latin hostis;cf. host1, host2

synonym study For guest

1. See visitor.

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Other words from guest

  • guestless, adjective

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  1. Edgar A(lbert), 1881–1959, U.S. journalist and writer of verse, born in England. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use guest in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for guest


/ (ɡɛst) /

  1. a person who is entertained, taken out to eat, etc, and paid for by another

    • a person who receives hospitality at the home of another: a weekend guest

    • (as modifier): the guest room

    • a person who receives the hospitality of a government, establishment, or organization

    • (as modifier): a guest speaker

    • an actor, contestant, entertainer, etc, taking part as a visitor in a programme in which there are also regular participants

    • (as modifier): a guest appearance

  1. a patron of a hotel, boarding house, restaurant, etc

  2. zoology a nontechnical name for inquiline

  3. be my guest informal do as you like

  1. (intr) (in theatre and broadcasting) to be a guest: to guest on a show

Origin of guest

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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Other Idioms and Phrases with guest


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