a person who spends some time at another person's home in some social activity, as a visit, dinner, or party.
a person who receives the hospitality of a club, a city, or the like.
a person who patronizes a hotel, restaurant, etc., for the lodging, food, or entertainment it provides.
an often well-known person invited to participate or perform in a regular program, series, etc., as a substitute for a regular member or as a special attraction.
Zoology. an inquiline.
verb (used with object)
to entertain as a guest.
verb (used without object)
to be a guest; make an appearance as a guest: She's been guesting on all the TV talk shows.
provided for or done by a guest: a guest towel; a guest column for a newspaper.
participating or performing as a guest: a guest conductor.

before 900; Middle English gest < Old Norse gestr; replacing Old English gi(e)st; cognate with German Gast, Gothic gasts, Latin hostis; cf. host1, host2

guestless, adjective

guessed, guest.

1. company. See visitor. Unabridged


Edgar A(lbert) 1881–1959, U.S. journalist and writer of verse, born in England. Unabridged
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guest (ɡɛst)
1.  a person who is entertained, taken out to eat, etc, and paid for by another
2.  a.  a person who receives hospitality at the home of another: a weekend guest
 b.  (as modifier): the guest room
3.  a.  a person who receives the hospitality of a government, establishment, or organization
 b.  (as modifier): a guest speaker
4.  a.  an actor, contestant, entertainer, etc, taking part as a visitor in a programme in which there are also regular participants
 b.  (as modifier): a guest appearance
5.  a patron of a hotel, boarding house, restaurant, etc
6.  zoology a nontechnical name for inquiline
7.  informal be my guest do as you like
8.  (intr) (in theatre and broadcasting) to be a guest: to guest on a show
[Old English giest guest, stranger, enemy; related to Old Norse gestr, Gothic gasts, Old High German gast, Old Slavonic gostǐ, Latin hostis enemy]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. gæst, giest (Anglian gest) "guest, enemy," the common notion being "stranger," from P.Gmc. *gastiz (cf. O.Fris. jest, Du. gast, Ger. Gast, Goth. gasts), from PIE base *ghostis "strange" (cf. O.C.S. gosti "guest, friend"), also preserved in L. hostis "stranger, enemy," and hospes "host," from
hosti-potis "host, guest," originally "lord of strangers." Spelling evolution infl. by O.N. gestr (the usual sound changes from the O.E. word would have yielded Mod.Eng. *yest). Phrase be my guest in the sense of "go right ahead" first recorded 1955.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms & Phrases


see be my guest.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences for guest
He also guest directed a scene in sin city, which uses a similar layout.
However, this was not a success, owing to poor guest selection.
Instead of throwing him out, she allows him to ride as her guest.
By the end of its run, over one hundred guest stars had appeared on the muppet
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