- 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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Examples from the Web for guested
He guested as a lay preacher on the Hour of Power and dabbled in talk radio as a fill-in for Boortz.Pizza Guy for President!
January 13, 2011
Then Grettir heard that Kormak and his fellows were come from the south, and had guested at Tongue through the night.
Then he went from the south, and guested under Raun on the south side of Hitriver.
Iron-face smiled, and answered not; and so came they to the house wherein they were guested.The Roots of the Mountains
So they rode on, and nought more befel that day, and they guested in a fair thorp in good enough welcome.The Sundering Flood
- 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 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.
Idioms and Phrases with guested
see be my guest.