guest·​house | \ ˈgest-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce guesthouse (audio) \

Definition of guesthouse

: a building used for guests (as on an estate) especially : a house run as a boardinghouse or bed-and-breakfast

Examples of guesthouse in a Sentence

The estate includes a small guesthouse.
Recent Examples on the Web Saddle Notch Ranch includes a five-bedroom red-cedar log home with a wine cellar, 30-person great room, theater, and game room, and a four-bedroom guesthouse. TheWeek, "6 homes made for wine lovers," 27 June 2020 Three rockets landed near a guesthouse within the perimeter of the airport, where the U.S.-led coalition has a presence, but caused no damage, Iraqi security officials said. Ghassan Adnan, WSJ, "Rockets Fired Into Baghdad Airport Complex Used by U.S.-Led Coalition," 16 June 2020 The four-bedroom, four-bathroom home sits on a quarter-acre lot with winding pathways, gardens, a guesthouse and waterfall features. Neal J. Leitereg, Los Angeles Times, "Outpost Estates haunt of early Paramount star Wynne Gibson lists for sale," 5 June 2020 In Kenya, some hotels and guesthouses on the Kenyan coast reported occupancy rates of less than 7% in March, according to local media. Aisha Salaudeen, CNN, "Africa's tourism industry is preparing for a post-coronavirus era," 1 June 2020 Tests were done on 170 people in the Vatican and six showed positive, including one of the several dozen permanent residents of the Santa Marta guesthouse on the Vatican grounds, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said in a statement. NBC News, "Inmate dies after contracting coronavirus at Louisiana federal prison," 30 Mar. 2020 Tucked behind gates, the estate includes a three-bedroom villa, a four-bedroom guesthouse and two studios. Los Angeles Times, "Eva Longoria takes a loss on sale of Tom Cruise’s former compound," 1 May 2020 Explore its more than 45 wineries and local chocolatiers, and book lodging at Gastehaus Schmidt's guesthouses, which have sweeping views and southern hospitality. Claire Trageser, Travel + Leisure, "The 50 Best Romantic Getaways," 28 Apr. 2020 The neighborhood resembles one near a bus depot or a port; the seminary was the center of the economy, and all around it stand money changers, guesthouses, travel agencies, and gift shops, catering to Muslim missionaries. Jeffrey Gettleman And,, "In India, coronavirus fans religious hatred," 12 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of guesthouse

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jul 2020

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“Guesthouse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of guesthouse

chiefly US : a building that is separate from the main house of a property and that is used for guests
chiefly British : a small hotel also : a private house that accepts paying guests

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