guest of honor

noun
1.
a person in whose honor a dinner, party, etc., is given.
2.
a distinguished person invited to a dinner, meeting, etc., especially on some unique occasion.
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Example sentences
And an occasional hostess insists on having the chair of the guest of honor
  held by the butler instead of her own.
Some fashion bloggers decided that the choice of red was a compliment to the
  guest of honor.
There are only so many birthday-party venues where you wait around for the
  guest of honor in your socks.
Elliott's senior colleagues had gathered at a dinner to say farewell and the
  guest of honor had visited each with parting words.
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