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
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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.
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