Definition of paying guest in US English:

paying guest


  • A person who lives in someone else's house and pays for food and accommodations; a lodger.

    • ‘Not bad, considering she only opened Pickle Farm to paying guests three years ago.’
    • ‘However, now though, there is an official Las Vegas lounge where more paying guests should be able to catch a little more than just a glimpse of the action.’
    • ‘Most recently used as a home by the Duke's grandson, the tower was restored earlier this year to prepare it for paying guests.’
    • ‘What I do not and will not understand is why this missing shower head was left to be discovered by me, a paying guest.’
    • ‘A lot has changed since the first paying guests - hunters arrived at the makeshift camp of just two tents in 1985.’
    • ‘The hacienda hotels exude atmosphere and colonial class, and the new lords of the manor are paying guests.’
    • ‘The other wing has five bedrooms, three of which have been redecorated ready to receive guests - paying guests, that is.’
    • ‘Housing societies are increasingly intolerant of paying guests, male or female, because they do not get a share of the huge rents levied by landlords.’
    • ‘Only paying guests and friends of the government can pick it up.’
    • ‘The following day its first paying guests arrived, only to find that the huge project was not finished and they were given a complimentary stay.’
    • ‘Would you be interested in having a French student as a paying guest for two weeks at any time of the year.’
    • ‘Their long-held, worldwide reputations as top-quality tests are surely enough to guarantee paying guests.’
    • ‘At lighthouses from California to Alaska, a number of former keepers' homes now take in paying guests to generate income for their continued preservation.’
    • ‘Colebrooke Park is not a hotel but a family home: you stay in the house as paying guests.’
    • ‘Things, however, change with a paying guest moving into her house.’
    • ‘But Rebecca revealed she is not keen on the shooting season, when endless hordes of paying guests stay at the house.’
    • ‘Are you still going to open the house up to paying guests now that you know about the antiques?’
    • ‘And this she plans to do by opening the castle to paying guests and offering function facilities.’
    • ‘The others had to stay in hotels or as paying guests.’
    • ‘They were swimming and sunbathing on a private island which only admitted paying guests.’
    patron, client, person staying
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paying guest

/ˈpeɪɪŋ ɡɛst//ˈpāiNG ɡest/