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 formsguest·less, adjective
Can be confusedguessed guest

Synonyms for guest

1. company. See visitor.
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Examples from the Web for guested

Contemporary Examples of guested

  • He guested as a lay preacher on the Hour of Power and dabbled in talk radio as a fill-in for Boortz.

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    Pizza Guy for President!

    Bryan Curtis

    January 13, 2011

Historical Examples of guested

  • 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 anothera 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
be my guest informal do as you like


(intr) (in theatre and broadcasting) to be a guestto guest on a show

Word Origin for 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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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

Idioms and Phrases with guested


see be my guest.

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