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guest /gɛst/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
adj. [before a noun]
- a person who spends some time at another's home in a social activity, as a visit or party.
- a person who enjoys the hospitality of a club, a city, a country, or the like.
- a person who stays at or goes to a hotel, restaurant, etc.
- Show Businessan often well-known person invited to appear in a television or other program.
- provided for a guest:a guest towel.
- participating or performing as a guest:a guest conductor for the orchestra.
- 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.
- Zoologyan 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.
- 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
(gest),USA pronunciation n.
BiographicalEdgar A(lbert), 1881–1959, U.S. journalist and writer of verse, born in England.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged company. See visitor.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
guest /ɡɛst/ n
- a person who is entertained, taken out to eat, etc, and paid for by another
- a person who receives hospitality at the home of another
- (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
Etymology: Old English giest guest, stranger, enemy; related to Old Norse gestr, Gothic gasts, Old High German gast, Old Slavonic gostǐ, Latin hostis enemy
- (intransitive) (in theatre and broadcasting) to be a guest: to guest on a show
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