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guest worker Syllabification: guest work·er
Pronunciation: /ɡest ˈwərkər/

Definition of guest worker in English:


A person with temporary permission to work in another country, especially in Germany.
Example sentences
  • Four decades ago a guest worker, or Gastarbeiter in German, meant a Turk or a Yugoslav who came to labour-short Germany in search of the sort of job locals did not usually want to do.
  • Another neglected mode of migration is the guest worker.
  • The challenge for the labour movement will be to respond to guest workers in a manner which focuses on the real issue - the creation of a second class of worker that is neither good for the guest worker nor for the host.


1960s: translation of the German Gastarbeiter.

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