Definition of guest in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡest/


1A person who is invited to visit the home of or take part in a function organized by another: I have two guests coming to dinner tonight [as modifier]: a guest bedroom
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  • On special occasions or when guests are visiting, the Vietnamese serve rice wine, beer, soft drinks, or coffee.
  • KT would sleep in the guest bedroom when she visited.
  • On some occasions the guest lists have appeared wilfully eclectic.
visitor, house guest, caller;
archaic visitant
1.1A person invited to participate in an official event: the bishop went to Cuba as a guest of the Catholic Church [as modifier]: a guest speaker
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  • A talented trio of sisters making a name for themselves in the world of animation are among the guest speakers at an event aimed at firing the imagination of young would-be entrepreneurs.
  • Former Leeds United legend Norman Hunter is the guest speaker at the event, with tickets priced at £32.
  • A guest speaker at each event will deliver multi-disciplinary, non-technical presentations.
invited, featured, special
1.2A person invited to take part in a radio or television program, sports event, or other entertainment: a regular guest on the morning show [as modifier]: a guest appearance
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  • He recently completed a 60-date UK stage tour, and is a regular guest on radio and television.
  • It also offers an easily accessible interview facility for radio and television guests.
  • In addition to writing on the subject of school choice, Merrifield is a frequent guest on television and radio programs in which the issue is discussed and debated.
1.3A person lodging at a hotel or boarding house: a reduction for guests staying seven nights or more
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  • A surge in the number of foreign guests staying in Japanese hotels has pushed up occupancy rates at leading hotels and bolstered their bottom lines.
  • No apartments were available and most hotels permitted a guest to stay only 5 days.
  • However, he had infected his brother-in-law, two nurses in the hospital, and seven guests who had stayed on the same floor of the hotel.
patron, client, visitor, boarder, lodger, roomer
1.4chiefly US A customer at a restaurant.
Example sentences
  • It will cover pecuniary and non-pecuniary damage to hotel and restaurant guests, customers and visitors.
  • And then I thought, but the true stars are this restaurant's fine guests - you, mes amis.
  • Most restaurants cater to guests, but the idea of making sure employees are happy, too, is a rather unique concept.
1.5 Entomology A small invertebrate that lives unharmed within an ants' nest.
Example sentences
  • All ant guests have to avoid being eaten by their hosts.
  • That diversity and beauty has fueled Rettenmeyer's lifelong passion for army ant guests.
  • Usually you can sit beside the trails of army ants and watch for guests as the line goes by.


[no object] informal
Appear as a guest: he guested on one of her early albums
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  • With a big six months of blogging behind me, I'm in relative terms a real veteran at this stuff, but still, guesting Josh's site makes me feel like those kids in Hoosiers who are a bit in awe of their environs when they get to the State Finals.
  • I knew her in Baltimore and guested on her show with my daughter when she was in Baltimore.
  • In ten years he has helmed 20 records and guested on countless others besides, a work-rate that makes Timbaland look like Radiohead.



be my guest

informal Please do: May I choose the restaurant? Be my guest!
More example sentences
  • So, please, be my guest - write whatever you you like.
  • It means that if you wanna hook me up with tickets, please be my guest…
  • ‘Yes, be my guest as you may please,’ she said, though before she had finished saying it, he had already sat down.

guest of honor

The most important guest at an occasion.
Example sentences
  • To celebrate KRG's achievements since 1978, regional councillors and executives also had a special dinner, where past and present KRG chairpersons were guests of honour.
  • The pupils had just been presented with their second Green Flag at a special ceremony in Dublin, and the two famous sportsmen were guests of honour of the pupils to jointly hoist the proud banner into place on the school's tall flagpole.
  • We ask our guests of honour to give a light-hearted speech with a message.


Middle English: from Old Norse gestr, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gast and German Gast, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin hostis 'enemy' (originally 'stranger').

Words that rhyme with guest

abreast, arrest, attest, beau geste, behest, bequest, best, blessed, blest, breast, Brest, Bucharest, Budapest, celeste, chest, contest, crest, digest, divest, hest, infest, ingest, jest, lest, Midwest, molest, nest, northwest, pest, prestressed, protest, quest, rest, self-addressed, self-confessed, self-possessed, southwest, suggest, test, Trieste, unaddressed, unexpressed, unimpressed, unpressed, unstressed, vest, west, wrest, zest

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