Definitions

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

  • n. A foreigner who is permitted to work in a country on a temporary basis, as for farm labor.

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  • n. A person with temporary permission to work in another country.

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

  • n. a person with temporary permission to work in another country

Etymologies

Translation of German Gastarbeiter; see Gastarbeiter.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Still, the guest worker provision of the bill troubled me; it was essentially a sop to big business, a means for them to employ immigrants without granting them citizenship rights-indeed, a means for business to gain the benefits of outsourcing without having to locate their operations overseas.

    The Audacity of Hope

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