Definition of Gastarbeiter in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡästˌärbīdər/

noun (plural same or Gastarbeiters)

German term for guest worker.
Example sentences
  • In West Germany the Gastarbeiter who arrived in the 1960s and 1970s came largely from Germany's historic ally, Turkey.
  • Another boost to the population of West Germany has been provided by the so-called Gastarbeiter (migrant or immigrant workers), mostly from Turkey, the Balkans, Italy, and Portugal.
  • The first Gastarbeiter arrived in Germany in the 1950s, and the largest influx of Algerian-born immigrants came to France in 1956-1957.


German, from Gast 'guest' + Arbeiter 'worker'.

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Syllabification: Gast·ar·beit·er

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