- 1. a prisonerSeldom tout court; more often as guest of Uncle Sam or of Her Majesty:... to book a prisoner — I beg your pardon, 'guest'. (Lavine, 1930)The obsolete Scottish guest was a ghost, an unwelcome visitor or a linguistic corruption:Brownies, fays and fairies, And witches, guests. (Liddle, 1821)2. a customerLiterally, a recipient of free entertainment or hospitality, but not in the hotel or theme park business:In Euphemismland crowds are audiences, customers Guests... (Whicker, 1982, writing about Disneyland)See also paying guest.
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Guest — may refer to:* Guest (word), one who is a recipient of hospitality at the home or table of another. * The Guest , a short story by Albert Camus * The Guest (album), a 2002 album by Phantom Planet * USS Guest (DD 472), a U.S. Navy Fletcher class… … Wikipedia
Guest — steht für: einen Ortsteil der Gemeinde Diedrichshagen im Landkreis Vorpommern Greifswald in Mecklenburg Vorpommern Guest ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Charlotte Guest (1812–1895), britische Übersetzerin Barbara Guest (1920–2006), US… … Deutsch Wikipedia
guest — n. Someone who receives hospitality; someone invited into another person’s home for entertainment or driven by another person in a car without paying for the ride. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc.… … Law dictionary
guest — has developed a wide range of uses in which payment may or may not be involved (as it is with paying guests and guest workers). The development of attributive uses (before a noun) that go well beyond the core meaning of guest may be seen in guest … Modern English usage
guest — (n.) O.E. gæst, giest (Anglian gest) guest; enemy; stranger, the common notion being stranger, from P.Gmc. *gastiz (Cf. O.Fris. jest, Du. gast, Ger. Gast, Goth. gasts guest, originally stranger ), from PIE root *ghosti strange … Etymology dictionary
guest — guest·en; guest·er; guest; guest·ing; guest·less; guest·ly; bar·guest; … English syllables
guest — [gest] noun [countable] someone who is paying to stay in a hotel: • The hotel still prepares guests bills by hand. * * * guest UK US /gest/ noun [C] ► a person who has been invited to a place: »The factory owners treated us as honored guests.… … Financial and business terms
guest — ► NOUN 1) a person invited to visit someone s home or take part in a function. 2) a visiting performer invited to take part in an entertainment. 3) a person staying at a hotel or boarding house. ► VERB informal ▪ appear as a guest. ● be my guest… … English terms dictionary
guest — [gest] n. [ME gest < ON gestr, akin to OE gæst, Ger gast < IE base * ghostis, stranger, guest > L hostis] 1. a) a person entertained at the home of another; visitor b) a person entertained by another acting as host at a restaurant,… … English World dictionary
Guest — (g[e^]st), n. [OE. gest, AS. g[ae]st, gest; akin to OS., D., & G. gast, Icel. gestr, Sw. g[ a]st, Dan. Gj[ a]st, Goth. gasts, Russ. goste, and to L. hostis enemy, stranger; the meaning stranger is the older one, but the root is unknown. Cf.… … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
Guest — Guest, v. i. To be, or act the part of, a guest. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] And tell me, best of princes, who he was That guested here so late. Chapman. [1913 Webster] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English