Definition of house guest in US English:

house guest

(also houseguest)


  • A guest staying for some days in a private house.

    ‘come and be my house guest in Hampshire’
    • ‘The studio annexe - a renovated old pumphouse - includes a fully functioning workshop, which can also be used as overspill for house guests.’
    • ‘The unwanted house guests leave John just a little jealous.’
    • ‘One evening as you pull chauffeur duty for your son and some friends, your curiosity gets the better of you after watching the departing house guests give their hostess a warm hug.’
    • ‘An interesting weekend; we had a house guest, one of my brother-in-law's friends, Aaron, the type of house guest that gives a good name to house guests.’
    • ‘Presumably it can't interfere with my choice of dinner guests or house guests - or, most of us, would think, roommates who would share a two-bedroom apartment.’
    • ‘He had stayed with us before and was always a perfect house guest.’
    • ‘Historically, people used to use it to amuse their house guests.’
    • ‘They had two house guests staying over night; the gentleman had come to town to give a talk at the Georges' church, and his wife was along for the fun.’
    • ‘Now, I've got to get that shelf up properly, as I have some French house guests coming.’
    • ‘Next to it is the roof deck, where, when they have house guests, they meet for cocktails at dusk.’
    • ‘Howard's four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren are regular house guests and plainly give her enormous pleasure; she says now that she regrets not having more children.’
    • ‘They flocked to Blue Harbour and Coward's gregarious personality, some for the day and some for the month as house guests.’
    • ‘I mentioned we have house guests - third week in a row.’
    • ‘We have house guests, and I'm banging this out in the brief space between husband/father/host duties, so I have to go.’
    • ‘Glen says he's expecting a few more house guests in the future.’
    • ‘There is no way I'm having the house guest go stay in a place like that.’
    • ‘No tree, no turkey, no house guests tomorrow at all; instead, we're going out for a walk with friends in the village, followed by a beef supper round at their place.’
    • ‘The other mob have gone and, like everybody's favourite house guests, there's no sign left behind to suggest they were ever there in the first place.’
    • ‘Today this anachronistic cruiser features 30 well-appointed cabins, conveying a maximum of 50 house guests around Scotland's western coastline.’
    • ‘This weekend we have three house guests staying with us.’


house guest

/ˈhaʊs ˌɡɛst//ˈhous ˌɡest/