from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • transitive v. To entertain as a guest.
  • intransitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. to appear as a guest, especially on a broadcast
  • v. 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)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • n. Any insect that lives in the nest of another without compulsion and usually not as a parasite.
  • n. An inquiline.
  • intransitive v. To be, or act the part of, a guest.
  • transitive v. To receive or entertain hospitably.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To entertain as a guest; receive with hospitality.
  • To act the part of a guest; be a guest.
  • 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.
  • n. In zoology, a parasite: as, “a dozen tapeworm guests,” Cobbold.
  • n. A dialectal variant of ghost. Brockett. Compare larguest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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 The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English gest, from Old Norse gestr; see ghos-ti- in Indo-European roots.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English gest, from Old Norse gestr, replacing Old English ġiest.



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