American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who is a recipient of hospitality at the home or table of another.
- n. One to whom entertainment or hospitality has been extended by another in the role of host or hostess, as at a party.
- n. One who pays for meals or accommodations at a restaurant, hotel, or other establishment; a patron.
- n. A distinguished visitor to whom the hospitality of an institution, city, or government is extended.
- n. A visiting performer, speaker, or contestant, as on a radio or television program.
- n. Zoology A commensal organism, especially an insect that lives in the nest or burrow of another species.
- v. To entertain as a guest.
- v. To appear as a guest: guested on a television series.
- adj. Provided for guests: guest rooms.
- adj. Participating as a guest: a guest conductor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stranger; a foreigner.
- n. A person received into one's house or at one's table out of friendship or courtesy; a person entertained gratuitously; a visitor sojourning in the house of, or entertained at table by, another.
- n. A person entertained for pay, as at an inn or in a boarding-house; a boarder or lodger. Specifically, in law, any person who is received at an inn, hotel, or tavern, upon the general undertaking of the keeper of the house, as distinguished from some special contract qualifying the relation.
- n. In zoology, a parasite: as, “a dozen tapeworm guests,” Cobbold.
- To entertain as a guest; receive with hospitality.
- To act the part of a guest; be a guest.
- n. A dialectal variant of ghost. Brockett. Compare larguest.
- n. a recipient of hospitality, specifically someone staying by invitation at the house of another
- n. a patron or customer in a hotel etc.
- n. an invited visitor or performer to an institution or to a broadcast
- v. intransitive to appear as a guest, especially on a broadcast
- v. intransitive as a musician, to play as a guest, providing an instrument that a band/orchestra does not normally have in its line up (for instance, percussion in a string band)
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A visitor; a person received and entertained in one's house or at one's table; a visitor entertained without pay.
- n. A lodger or a boarder at a hotel, lodging house, or boarding house.
- n. Any insect that lives in the nest of another without compulsion and usually not as a parasite.
- n. An inquiline.
- v. obsolete To receive or entertain hospitably.
- v. obsolete To be, or act the part of, a guest.
- n. United States journalist (born in England) noted for his syndicated homey verse (1881-1959)
- n. (computer science) any computer that is hooked up to a computer network
- n. a visitor to whom hospitality is extended
- n. a customer of a hotel or restaurant etc.
- From Middle English gest, from Old Norse gestr, replacing Old English ġiest. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English gest, from Old Norse gestr; see ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“You are my guest, or rather, I should say, _Lady Horsingham's guest_.”
“QUESTION: There are reports that they're in some kind of guest house, what they call a guest house.”
“GROSS: That's Joan Baez on the Smothers Brothers 'show in March of 1969, and my guest is our TV critic, David Bianculli, who's written a new book about the Smothers Brothers, called "Dangerously Funny.”
“(Soundbite of music) DAVIES: If you're just joining us, our guest is actor Michael Caine.”
“Joining me this week to grill our guest is our re-occurring character, Raymond Wiley!”
“He replied, O my lord, I would fain be thy guest this night, for the guest is the guest of Almighty”
“A round of golf at Inverness for a guest is about $140.”
“Senate looking in February to take this enforcement bill, sell it as an enforcement bill, and slip what they call a guest worker program on it.”
“SNOW: ... you've been in favor of a-- maybe an expansion of what they call the guest worker program.”
“Needless to say our guest is a busy man who is always promoting Canada's place in the new economy.”
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