- 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.
- to entertain as a guest.
- 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
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- Edgar A(lbert),1881–1959, U.S. journalist and writer of verse, born in England.
Examples from the Web for guest
And then I met him before I started doing the impression of him when he was a guest on SNL for a moment.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
Al Qaeda has never managed to carve out a large chunk of real estate to call its own—in Afghanistan it was a guest of the Taliban.ISIS’s Futile Quest to Go Legit
January 5, 2015
That explains the impressive roster of guest stars the series has racked up of politicians playing themselves.
Rachel Maddow, too, apparently impresses in her upcoming season two guest turn.
Maintaining the high caliber of guest to which his viewers have become accustomed, Galifianakis welcomes Brad Pitt to the ferns.Brad Pitt and Louis C.K. Go ‘Between Two Ferns’
Alex Chancey, The Daily Beast Video
October 23, 2014
Emilia had gone for a few weeks to the mountains, with the household of which she was a guest.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
But we forget that the reader has not yet been made acquainted with the guest.A Select Party (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
I will acquaint you with what passed at the general leave given me to be your guest.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
This fellow, who had offered to take money for a guest, was damned for life and branded.Way of the Lawless
Grace took out of her bag a guest towel she was embroidering.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
- a person who is entertained, taken out to eat, etc, and paid for by another
- a person who receives hospitality at the home of anothera 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
- a patron of a hotel, boarding house, restaurant, etc
- zoology a nontechnical name for inquiline
- be my guest informal do as you like
- (intr) (in theatre and broadcasting) to be a guestto guest on a show
Word Origin and History for guest
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.
Idioms and Phrases with guest
see be my guest.