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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
guest /gɛst/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person who spends some time at another's home in a social activity, as a visit or party.
  2. a person who enjoys the hospitality of a club, a city, a country, or the like.
  3. a person who stays at or goes to a hotel, restaurant, etc.
  4. Show Businessan often well-known person invited to appear in a television or other program.

adj. [before a noun]
  1. provided for a guest:a guest towel.
  2. participating or performing as a guest:a guest conductor for the orchestra.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
guest  (gest),USA pronunciation  n. 
  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.
  3. a person who patronizes a hotel, restaurant, etc., for the lodging, food, or entertainment it provides.
  4. 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.
  5. Zoologyan inquiline.

v.t. 
  1. to entertain as a guest.

v.i. 
  1. to be a guest;
    make an appearance as a guest:She's been guesting on all the TV talk shows.

adj. 
  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.
guestless, adj. 
  • Old Norse gestr; replacing Old English gi(e)st; cognate with German Gast, Gothic gasts, Latin hostis; compare host1, host2
  • Middle English gest bef. 900
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged company. See  visitor. 

Guest  (gest),USA pronunciation n. 
  • BiographicalEdgar A(lbert), 1881–1959, U.S. journalist and writer of verse, born in England.

  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    guest /ɡɛst/ n
    1. a person who is entertained, taken out to eat, etc, and paid for by another
    2. a person who receives hospitality at the home of another
    3. (as modifier): the guest room
    4. a person who receives the hospitality of a government, establishment, or organization
    5. (as modifier): a guest speaker
    6. an actor, contestant, entertainer, etc, taking part as a visitor in a programme in which there are also regular participants
    7. (as modifier): a guest appearance
    8. a patron of a hotel, boarding house, restaurant, etc
    vb
    1. (intransitive) (in theatre and broadcasting) to be a guest: to guest on a show
    Etymology: 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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