Meaning of “guest” in the English Dictionary

"guest" in British English

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guestnoun [ C ]

uk /ɡest/ us /ɡest/

A2 a person who is staying with you, or a person you have invited to a social occasion, such as a party or a meal:

150 guests were invited to the wedding.
We have guests staying this weekend.
Is he on the guest list?
UK He is a paying guest (= he pays for the use of a room in someone's home).

A2 a person who is staying in a hotel:

We would like to remind all our guests to leave their keys at reception before they depart.

B2 a person, such as an entertainer, who has been invited to appear on a television or radio programme or in a performance:

Our special guest on the programme tonight is Robert de Niro.
Madonna made a guest appearance at the concert.
Simon Rattle will be the guest conductor with the London Symphony Orchestra.

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guestverb [ I ]

uk /ɡest/ us /ɡest/

(Definition of “guest” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"guest" in American English

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guestnoun [ C ]

us /ɡest/

a person who is staying with you in your home, or a person whom you have invited to a social occasion, such as a party or a meal:

A person who is staying in a hotel is also called a guest.

If you are someone’s guest, that person is paying for you:

Four senators and their families were flown to Martinique as guests of the oil company.

(Definition of “guest” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"guest" in Business English

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guestnoun [ C ]

uk /ɡest/ us

a person who has been invited to a place:

The factory owners treated us as honored guests.
The store opening featured several guest speakers from the local business community.

a person who is staying in a hotel:

We would like to remind all our guests to leave their keys at reception before they depart.
guest of honour

the most important person who has been invited to a place, who is shown special respect

(Definition of “guest” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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