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guest

noun \ ˈgest \
Updated on: 9 Nov 2017

Definition of guest

1 a :a person entertained in one's house
b :a person to whom hospitality is extended
c :a person who pays for the services of an establishment (such as a hotel or restaurant)
2 :an organism (such as an insect) sharing the dwelling of another; especially :inquiline
3 :a substance that is incorporated in a host substance
4 :a usually prominent person not a regular member of a cast or organization who appears in a program or performance

Examples of guest in a Sentence

  1. Our guests should be arriving soon.

  2. Only invited guests are allowed inside the banquet hall.

  3. He played at the country club as a guest of one of the members.

  4. Our guests receive the finest quality service.

  5. Frequent guests receive a discount.

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Origin and Etymology of guest

Middle English gest, from Old Norse gestr; akin to Old English giest guest, stranger, Latin hostis stranger, enemy


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guest

verb

Definition of guest

transitive verb
:to receive as a guest
intransitive verb
:to appear as a guest

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First Known Use of guest

14th century


Guest

biographical name \ ˈgest \

Definition of Guest

Edgar Albert 1881–1959 American journalist and poet


GUEST Defined for English Language Learners

guest

noun

Definition of guest for English Language Learners

  • : a person who is invited to visit or stay in someone's home

  • : a person who is invited to a place or an event as a special honor

  • : a customer at a hotel, restaurant, etc.


GUEST Defined for Kids

guest

noun \ ˈgest \

Definition of guest for Students

1 :a person invited to visit or stay in someone's home
2 :a person invited to a special place or event
  • a wedding guest
3 :a customer at a hotel, motel, inn, or restaurant


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