\ˈgest \

Definition of guest 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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


guested; guesting; guests

Definition of guest (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to receive as a guest

intransitive verb

: to appear as a guest


biographical name
\ˈgest \

Definition of Guest (Entry 3 of 3)

Edgar Albert 1881–1959 American journalist and poet

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Synonyms for guest

Synonyms: Noun

account, client, customer, patron, punter [chiefly British]

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Examples of guest in a Sentence


Our guests should be arriving soon. Only invited guests are allowed inside the banquet hall. He played at the country club as a guest of one of the members. Our guests receive the finest quality service. Frequent guests receive a discount.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Lees has been a member of the orchestra for more than two decades, providing leadership over the tenure of three artistic directors and when the CSO has had guest conductors. Sarah Brookbank,, "Timothy Lees steps down as Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concertmaster," 13 July 2018 Lucianne Goldberg, a regular Fox News guest during Bill Clinton’s presidency, told Gabriel Sherman. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Nearly two years into the Trump presidency, Fox News is still obsessed with Hillary Clinton," 11 July 2018 The security guard left the scene and went to the front office when the pool guest began banging on the glass, demanding to see a manager. Austen Erblat,, "Wellington, Royal Palm Beach area crime log: June 15-30," 13 July 2018 Jay is one of the few guests on Scorpion -- given their respective legacies, that doesn’t feel incidental. Stereo Williams, Billboard, "Drake's 2018 Has Been Huge. But Is He the Biggest Rapper Ever?," 13 July 2018 Minutes later — after the Strunks had helped ferry the roughly 50 guests waiting in their cars into the house, shielding them under umbrellas — Gonzalez walked into the gallery. Hannah Natanson,, "A storm was ruining this beach wedding. Then a total stranger made the bride an offer," 12 July 2018 Minutes later — after the Strunks had helped ferry the roughly 50 guests waiting in their cars into the house, shielding them under umbrellas — Gonzalez walked into the gallery. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "A storm was ruining this beach wedding. Then a total stranger made the bride an offer.," 12 July 2018 Views of his company's online content vary significantly depending on the guest. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Tech TV startup HXTV to tell Houston's innovation story," 10 July 2018 Kate Middleton's younger sister Pippa Middleton was one of the first guests to arrive at the chapel this morning, dressed in baby blue for her newest nephew. Chrissy Rutherford, Harper's BAZAAR, "Pippa Middleton Wears Baby Blue Dress for Her Nephew's Christening," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Marijuana is merely another variable, not a whole new social experiment, so guesting and hosting doesn’t change. Robin Abrahams,, "Miss Conduct’s common sense rules for socializing in the age of legal pot," 19 June 2018 Alfre Woodard and Nicole Ari Parker also guest star with series regulars Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett and Trai Byers. Ed Stockly,, "Wednesday's TV highlights: 'Krypton' on Syfy," 23 May 2018 When Johnny Galecki agreed to guest-star on the reboot of Roseanne and reprise his role of David Healy, the actor didn’t know what to expect. Julie Jordan,, "Johnny Galecki Says Guest-Starring on Roseanne Was 'Very, Very Surreal and Emotional'," 22 May 2018 Also new is a fine-dining upgrade to the restaurant and renovations to guest facilities. Melinda Fulmer,, "I tried a 100-degree Quartz Massage — and loved it," 29 June 2018 She's invited a plethora of Chicago poets, musicians, and comedians—even footwork legend Tha Pope is slated to perform, and journalist Resita Cox will guest host. Matt Harvey, Chicago Reader, "Chicagoans / Poetry / Race South-side poet Kwynology wants people to fall back in love with Chicago at her open mike," 25 June 2018 Volunteers and staff will oversee set up and guest check-in and give out tour information. Janet Eastman,, "Strut your cat love: Show off your catio at upcoming tour (photos)," 23 Mar. 2018 This week's main challenge had the girls guesting on a fake talk show and showing off improv skills. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 10 recap: Sexy babies and Shania Twain," 19 Apr. 2018 Three evolutionary scientists who guest-curated the show offered their perspectives on how evolution explains not just the characteristics of amoebas, ants and antelopes but also the uniquely human endeavor of art. Scientific American, "Promiscuous Men, Chaste Women and Other Gender Myths," 4 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of guest


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for guest


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

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English Language Learners Definition of guest

: 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.


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Kids Definition of guest

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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