house·​guest | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌgest How to pronounce houseguest (audio) \

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We have houseguests this weekend.
Recent Examples on the Web Da’Vonne won $25,000 as America’s favorite houseguest. Dalton Ross,, "Julie Chen on where Cody's unanimous win ranks in Big Brother lore," 29 Oct. 2020 Police went to a residence at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 26 for a houseguest who refused to leave. cleveland, "Guest outstays his welcome: Olmsted Township Police Blotter," 2 Oct. 2020 The Texan soon discovered that his Anchorage friends and relatives were unwilling to accept a large cat houseguest. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Lions have lived in Anchorage as business attractions and pets over the years. Here’s how that worked out.," 14 Sep. 2020 Dad loves Tucson’s ample cycling opportunities and is a good houseguest. Frederick Reimers, Longreads, "Notes for a Post-apocalyptic Novel," 5 Aug. 2020 On screen, when a houseguest gets evicted, social distancing will mean no more shaking hands and no hugs with the host. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "'Big Brother' returns with color-coded pods and no hugs amid coronavirus pandemic," 5 Aug. 2020 The furniture is mostly Ikea, unfussy antique, or hand-​built, with art by houseguests adorning the walls. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "A Top Designer Outfitted This Maine Cottage in Just Days," 28 June 2019 Alvarez has her protagonist Antonia (who resembles her creator in age, background and temperament) face several dilemmas at once, including widowhood, a mentally ill sister and an unexpected, pregnant houseguest. Bethanne Patrick, Washington Post, "Ten books to read in April," 1 Apr. 2020 Count your little ones, any roommates or long-term houseguests, or extended family members – anyone living in your household on April 1. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In California: 1 million unemployment claims filed in less than two weeks," 26 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of houseguest

1609, in the meaning defined above

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11 Nov 2020

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“Houseguest.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of houseguest

: a person who visits and usually stays in someone's home overnight

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