noun, plural guest·hous·es [gest-hou-ziz] /ˈgɛstˌhaʊ zɪz/.

a small building, separate from a main house or establishment, for the housing of guests.

Origin of guesthouse

before 1000; Middle English; Old English giest hūs. See guest, house Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of guesthouse

Historical Examples of guesthouse

  • Besides, there is no need, since your aunt has her own guesthouse.

    The Precipice

    Ivan Goncharov

  • He got back in his car and peeled across the road to the shantytown and the guesthouse.


    Cory Doctorow

  • Oftener have the men of Erin been contending for thee every night than thou hast been wandering about for a guesthouse.

  • We also saw the Guesthouse, where it was very pleasant to see what neat preparation there is for the poor.

  • The monks received them in the guesthouse and from this there arose scandals which filled pious souls with desolation.

    Penguin Island

    Anatole France

British Dictionary definitions for guesthouse



a private home or boarding house offering accommodation, esp to travellers
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