Definition of guest in English:



  • 1A person who is invited to visit the home of or take part in a function organized by another.

    ‘I have two guests coming to dinner tonight’
    [as modifier] ‘a guest bedroom’
    • ‘On one occasion the distinguished guests gathered with him round the table were excited at the prospect of hearing some new and sparkling aphorism fall from his lips.’
    • ‘The school's hall was decorated with balloons for the occasion and the guests all enjoyed a buffet and drinks.’
    • ‘Try out the Orange Kiss Me Cake for a special occasion for extra special guests.’
    • ‘On some occasions the guest lists have appeared wilfully eclectic.’
    • ‘Ticket holders wishing to bring a friend will receive three vouchers that invite a guest to attend a B grade game for only £5!’
    • ‘The sun shone brightly for the entire afternoon and the guests thoroughly enjoyed the occasion.’
    • ‘The trio is supplemented by visits from numerous eclectic guests.’
    • ‘His mother and sister visited Ireland as guests of the State and travelled from Kerry to Letitia's native Maynooth, Co Kildare.’
    • ‘When he is using the studio, guests are invited to visit him and watch him work.’
    • ‘My grandmother did attend, appropriately corsaged, and we have photos of her sitting in one of the plastic chairs graciously visiting with guests.’
    • ‘The guests present on the occasion tried to resolve the dispute amicably but all the efforts to motivate the groom proved futile, the eyewitnesses said.’
    • ‘On special occasions or when guests are visiting, the Vietnamese serve rice wine, beer, soft drinks, or coffee.’
    • ‘Some unexpected guests paid a visit to Tramore on Monday.’
    • ‘They would sing, dance, and even strip naked at social occasions to provoke distinguished guests into offering donations.’
    • ‘Fried chicken, however much touted as the southern dish, was a food reserved for Sunday dinner guests and special occasions.’
    • ‘I would never knowingly offend a guest at such an occasion and Stephen, quite rightly, felt he could not allow my marks to pass without mounting a spirited defence of his organisation.’
    • ‘When guests visit you, it is polite to welcome them with kind words and serve them what you have.’
    • ‘The pet monkey was an occasional guest at dinner parties.’
    • ‘The association would be pleased to hear from anyone who feels able to host guests over the three-night visit.’
    • ‘KT would sleep in the guest bedroom when she visited.’
    visitor, caller
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    1. 1.1A person invited to participate in an official event.
      ‘the bishop went to Cuba as a guest of the Catholic Church’
      [as modifier] ‘a guest speaker’
      • ‘He was guest speaker at the event and entertained the guests with his witty repartee.’
      • ‘A lot of companies invite me to be a guest speaker at conferences to motivate their staff.’
      • ‘There will also be a guest speaker at each event to talk about a specific topic of local interest.’
      • ‘How is it that when an organization that is supported by student funding has a speaker come there is a cost, but when a poorly funded club or group on campus invites a guest speaker to speak there usually isn't a fee?’
      • ‘Mr Noel Dempsey, Minister for Education and Science will be will be the guest speaker at the event.’
      • ‘At each meeting, the club invites a guest speaker.’
      • ‘A talented trio of sisters making a name for themselves in the world of animation are among the guest speakers at an event aimed at firing the imagination of young would-be entrepreneurs.’
      • ‘The National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va., will have several events with guest speakers and a commemoration ceremony.’
      • ‘Jacinta Lawlor, a Group Pensions Account Manager with Bank of Ireland Life, will be guest speaker for the event.’
      • ‘A guest speaker at each event will deliver multi-disciplinary, non-technical presentations.’
      • ‘Drama classes, day trips, fundraising events and guest speakers are also planned for next year.’
      • ‘They invited a guest speaker, a member of a nearby police department's SWAT team.’
      • ‘The committee, in order to make these monthly meetings more interesting to our members, have invited a guest speaker to be in attendance after each monthly meeting.’
      • ‘I'm not sure if there was any comment, by him or by anyone else, but we were actually supposed to be directing our attention to a guest speaker who was invited to our class to talk about farming.’
      • ‘Later that evening she will launch the festival and will be guest speaker at an event hosted by the heritage office of Carlow County Council.’
      • ‘Former Leeds United legend Norman Hunter is the guest speaker at the event, with tickets priced at £32.’
      • ‘In this article it turns out that he went off on another tirade against the black community recently at a conference he was invited to be the guest speaker.’
      • ‘In addition, the event will feature guest speakers that will address different aspects of fair trade.’
      • ‘The event will include guest speakers, aboriginal singers and a candlelight vigil.’
      • ‘The Mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov, who was due to arrive on an official visit to Bulgaria yesterday, has also been invited by Sofianski as an official guest at the ceremonies.’
    2. 1.2A person invited to take part in a radio or television program, sports event, or other entertainment.
      ‘a regular guest on the morning show’
      [as modifier] ‘a guest appearance’
      • ‘In addition to writing on the subject of school choice, Merrifield is a frequent guest on television and radio programs in which the issue is discussed and debated.’
      • ‘You are the guest of an Asian presenter on a multi-cultural radio programme.’
      • ‘You also can hear him as a guest on Sporting News Radio.’
      • ‘He recently completed a 60-date UK stage tour, and is a regular guest on radio and television.’
      • ‘His books and films earned him a following among naive romantics, and he became a guest on national television shows.’
      • ‘It was the most uncivil exchange I've ever heard on a talk radio show between a host and a regular guest.’
      • ‘The other night on your radio program, your guest noted that you perform a very important public service by disseminating information of this type.’
      • ‘He admits that he enjoys analysing India's cricket performance with regular guests on the programme.’
      • ‘He seems to be a regular guest on some BBC radio programmes on environmental matters, so he is not an ivory tower scribbler.’
      • ‘It has a superficial historical accuracy, but the characters talk like daytime television guests rather than major political figures.’
      • ‘The radio studios will be able to accommodate three guests at a time and up to four studios can broadcast to the UK simultaneously.’
      • ‘It also offers an easily accessible interview facility for radio and television guests.’
      • ‘Now sex workers regularly appear on television programs as guests and meet with government ministers.’
      • ‘She has appeared as a military consultant for NBC and CNN and as a guest on several television programs.’
      • ‘Radio and television talk shows remain popular as guests and listeners continue the search for success.’
      • ‘He's a regular guest on many different talk shows in the US.’
      • ‘There will be plenty of live guests on the programme, with lively opinions on offer.’
      • ‘He can even be heard regularly on the radio airwaves as a guest.’
      • ‘As a broadcaster, he also gets books signed by his radio guests when he can.’
      • ‘The other two guests on the program were a famous crosstalk comedian, and a urologist.’
    3. 1.3A person lodging at a hotel or boarding house.
      ‘a reduction for guests staying seven nights or more’
      • ‘However, local managers refused to say how many people had been leaving early because of the outbreak and how many guests were staying in the hotel.’
      • ‘The Myrtles is now a bed and breakfast, so guests can stay in these rooms and see if the ghosts come out and play.’
      • ‘Others pointed out one of the buildings close to the first attack is a hotel - what about guests who were staying for the long Labor Day weekend?’
      • ‘A team of professionals cook, clean and cater for guests during their stay.’
      • ‘The roof had a couple holes in it, and the useable rooms for guests to stay in totaled six, after you took away the rooms designated for the staff.’
      • ‘Le Terrace, as the hotel is also called, already has 120-130 guests staying in it including about 15 from overseas.’
      • ‘In a special drive to embrace digital photography and printing, Hewlett-Packard is giving hotel guests free use of its digital cameras during their stay.’
      • ‘In 40% of these cases, there is unintentional overbooking because guests have extended their stay.’
      • ‘A surge in the number of foreign guests staying in Japanese hotels has pushed up occupancy rates at leading hotels and bolstered their bottom lines.’
      • ‘No apartments were available and most hotels permitted a guest to stay only 5 days.’
      • ‘The idea was to get a better understanding of exactly what guests did during their stay.’
      • ‘However, he had infected his brother-in-law, two nurses in the hospital, and seven guests who had stayed on the same floor of the hotel.’
      • ‘Weekends, she says, are mostly booked by guests staying in the hotel and the regular clientele tend to have their appointments during the week.’
      • ‘The first step is to estimate an occupancy rate or the number of nights a year you can reasonably expect guests to stay in your establishment.’
      • ‘While short-term tenants will pay more, guests staying for a minimum of six months are being offered discounts of up to 40 per cent.’
      • ‘But don't sweat it - a number of hotels loan out the popular digital music devices to guests during their stay.’
      • ‘If a guest should stay eight times at any Oberoi Hotel, they are entitled to a complimentary stay for two nights at an Oberoi Resort.’
      • ‘The Diana Group has contracted with Bangkok-Pattaya Hospital to provide quality care to guests staying at the resort.’
      • ‘That program is expected to replace the current free-room-night reward when guests stay nine nights.’
      • ‘A throng of cheering fans gathered outside for hours just to catch a glimpse of their hero and 60 guests stayed at the hotel overnight to see him.’
      patron, client, person staying
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    4. 1.4US A customer at a restaurant.
      • ‘Overall, Home Steak was a pleasant experience and the waiters' obvious familiarity with many of their guests confirmed that this restaurant is a place to go back to.’
      • ‘We tried to figure out what circumstance would warrant a restaurant guest standing on a toilet seat.’
      • ‘Tunes from Broadway musicals from that period gently resonate in the restaurant and transport guests back across the Pacific into the New York of the last century.’
      • ‘Consecutively, the images of his present popped back into place: trees, restaurant guests, tables, and lastly, a worried looking Finn.’
      • ‘There were about five guests in the restaurant, which much looked like a camping cafeteria to me, and three of them were ready to leave, leaving behind wrappers of chocolate bars.’
      • ‘Professional magicians could be spotted these days at beach resorts and posh restaurants regaling guests awaiting their food.’
      • ‘Most restaurants cater to guests, but the idea of making sure employees are happy, too, is a rather unique concept.’
      • ‘Waiters are instructed not to interrupt conversations - between dining guests or between a customer and someone on the phone.’
      • ‘The pair, Lee Kane and Mary Davenporf, bop around the restaurant, serving guests in casual clothes, while welcoming people with open smiles.’
      • ‘The restaurant will cater to guests on ‘first come first serve’ basis.’
      • ‘Our foursome took a corner of the huge table of guests at a Korean restaurant on the Holloway Road, just a stagger from Highbury and Islington Station.’
      • ‘And then I thought, but the true stars are this restaurant's fine guests - you, mes amis.’
      • ‘It offers entertainment, displays and behind the scenes tours as well as a casual bar area and a separate seated restaurant for guests.’
      • ‘The waiter at the hotel applied this simple wisdom to enhance not only the experience of savoring the delicacy but also the quality of service for the restaurant guests.’
      • ‘Describing how he built up his wealth through saving and making investments, he said he often did not use his subsistence allowances because he ate meals as a guest of restaurants.’
      • ‘I was fortunate enough to dine as a guest of the restaurant and therefore etiquette demands that I don't review the meal.’
      • ‘It will cover pecuniary and non-pecuniary damage to hotel and restaurant guests, customers and visitors.’
      • ‘The restaurant guests seem to be a lot of older foreign tourists, so the atmosphere is a little stilted.’
      • ‘My Husband had come as one of the guests from the restaurant they both worked at.’
      • ‘Or, start them off with more familiar foods: some pizza restaurants allow young guests to add their own toppings.’
    5. 1.5Biology A small invertebrate that lives unharmed within an ants' nest.
      • ‘All ant guests have to avoid being eaten by their hosts.’
      • ‘That diversity and beauty has fueled Rettenmeyer's lifelong passion for army ant guests.’
      • ‘Usually you can sit beside the trails of army ants and watch for guests as the line goes by.’


[NO OBJECT]informal
  • Appear as a guest.

    ‘he guested on one of her early albums’
    • ‘Johnny Fay of The Tragically Hip guested on drums with them last year.’
    • ‘Aside from the roots of many a New Zealand band, you can also hear the seeds of Yo La Tengo (who have covered the band countless times, and also guested on their last album, Getaway), and various lo-fi factions of American indie rock.’
    • ‘In ten years he has helmed 20 records and guested on countless others besides, a work-rate that makes Timbaland look like Radiohead.’
    • ‘Years ago, he guested on ‘The Joey Bishop Show.’’
    • ‘Anybody that ever guested on the show said I've done a lot of programs, but none were ever as delightful an experience where everybody seemed to love each other so much.’
    • ‘Back in 1995, reedman David Murray guested on a D.D. Jackson session, which sparked an interest in the label from U.S.-based musicians.’
    • ‘Like a lot of you, I first discovered the Muppets back when they intermittently guested on TV shows, most notably Ed Sullivan's.’
    • ‘I'm getting emails and phone calls enthusing over my brilliance and insight when I guested on the Hugh Hewitt show last night.’
    • ‘With a big six months of blogging behind me, I'm in relative terms a real veteran at this stuff, but still, guesting Josh's site makes me feel like those kids in Hoosiers who are a bit in awe of their environs when they get to the State Finals.’
    • ‘I knew her in Baltimore and guested on her show with my daughter when she was in Baltimore.’
    • ‘For a short time - he guested on that show, anyone who saw that show.’
    • ‘Ted, who recently guested on The Tonight Show with his Queer Eye cohorts, had some choice comments on the experience, as well as the show's host…’


  • be my guest

    • informal Please do.

      ‘May I choose the restaurant? Be my guest!’
      • ‘If you want to be smothered in spirituality, and leave the Real World behind, please, be my guest and join a cult.’
      • ‘But if you're bilingual and up to your eyeballs in ennui, please be my guest.’
      • ‘But, if you aren't and want to read on, be my guest…’
      • ‘It means that if you wanna hook me up with tickets, please be my guest…’
      • ‘So, if you wanna have someone split your pelvis open, move some of your insides to your outsides and shift some fat cells around for about $5,000 to $7,000 to gain, if you're lucky, maybe an inch, be my guest.’
      • ‘‘Yes, be my guest as you may please,’ she said, though before she had finished saying it, he had already sat down.’
      • ‘So if you are the one person who's been oppressed or discriminated against for being white, heterosexual, able-bodied, etc, be my guest, have a rant and a parade.’
      • ‘So, please, be my guest - write whatever you you like.’
      • ‘But if you want to leave and create a better life for yourself in cities like Manchester or Birmingham, which have no crime, litter, vandalism, poverty, racism, drug problems and gangs on the streets, then be my guest.’
      • ‘If anyone ever feels the overwhelming desire to give me cash, please, be my guest.’
  • guest of honor

    • The most important guest at an occasion.

      • ‘We ask our guests of honour to give a light-hearted speech with a message.’
      • ‘Mums will be the guests of honour on the day and every mum who walks through the gates and registers will go in the running to win a Mother's Day Nutrimetics hamper worth $150.’
      • ‘The pupils had just been presented with their second Green Flag at a special ceremony in Dublin, and the two famous sportsmen were guests of honour of the pupils to jointly hoist the proud banner into place on the school's tall flagpole.’
      • ‘More than 100 invited guests, including civic and business leaders, movie industry members and genuine film fans, supped champagne as they waited for the guests of honour to arrive.’
      • ‘To celebrate KRG's achievements since 1978, regional councillors and executives also had a special dinner, where past and present KRG chairpersons were guests of honour.’
      • ‘Claire's parents, Terry and Louise, and sisters Kirsty, 12, and Jodie, 10, and brother Jake, four, will all be guests of honour at the show.’
      • ‘Apart from international delegates a number of ministers from the Indian government and Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka state governments will be participating as guests of honour.’
      • ‘On Friday evening, the contestants will be guests of honour at Kilcohan Park Greyhound Stadium as the adjudication process to find the Waterford Rose continues.’
      • ‘Organisers would like the youngsters to be guests of honour at the opening ceremony at 10.30 am on Saturday, December 6, and are urging parents of the registered children to contact them.’
      • ‘The 1978 Intermediate Championship winning team are the guests of honour and it is a good chance to meet up with those that have returned to the area especially for the decoration.’


Middle English: from Old Norse gestr, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gast and German Gast, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin hostis enemy (originally stranger).