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.

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The Latest on the war in Afghanistan (all times local): 10:45 p.m. Afghan officials say a large explosion the capital, Kabul, has targeted the Green Village compound, home to several international organizations and guesthouses. Washington Post, "The Latest: Afghan official: Blast hits international area," 3 Sep. 2019 Already, visitors report swathes of tourists in the region of Svaneti, with new concrete guesthouses springing up on former farmland to accommodate them. Natasha Frost, Quartzy, "What’s behind a stratospheric tourism boom in the tiny European nation of Georgia," 31 Aug. 2019 Across the property, a detached guesthouse adds a game room, gym and steam room. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Matt Kemp slashes price of custom Poway mansion yet again," 23 Aug. 2019 Today, many of the hanoks are cultural centers, art galleries, guesthouses and restaurants for visitors to enjoy. Kristin Braswell, USA TODAY, "A K-beauty lover makes a pilgrimage to Seoul, the capital of skincare and K-Pop," 23 July 2019 The Crespi Estate includes a 3,347-square-foot guesthouse and a 4,836-square-foot pool house. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "North Dallas' posh Crespi Estate sells to prominent local family trust," 28 June 2019 There were stops at guesthouses along the border and a story about the heavy rain closing the restaurant where they were supposed to work. Hannah Beech,, "‘Ma, I’ve been sold’: Brides trafficked to China," 17 Aug. 2019 There were stops at guesthouses along the border and a story about the heavy rain closing the restaurant where they were supposed to work. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "Teenage Brides Trafficked to China Reveal Ordeal: ‘Ma, I’ve Been Sold’," 17 Aug. 2019 Covering nearly two park-like acres in the Riviera neighborhood, the estate weighs in with a 16,700-square-foot mansion, a two-story guesthouse, a swimming pool, a tennis court and a putting green. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property: Sugar Ray Leonard eyes a $52-million prize in Pacific Palisades," 27 July 2019

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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