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noun [countable] guest pronunciation in American English /ɡest/
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  1. 1
    someone who you have invited to your home, for a party or a meal, or to stay the night
    We have guests staying with us this weekend.
    tips for getting rid of unwanted guests
    welcome/greet/receive a guest: The President and his wife were in the hallway, greeting their dinner guests.
    paying guest (=someone who pays to stay in your home): His parents also take in paying guests from time to time.
  2. 2
    someone who is paying to stay at a hotel or eat in a restaurant
    There is live music to entertain guests.
    the arriving/departing guests
    hotel guest: The indoor heated pool is free for hotel guests.
  3. 3
    someone who appears on a television or radio show that they do not regularly appear on
    My first guest tonight is famous for both her singing and acting talent.
    our panel of celebrity guests
    guest appearance: The band agreed to make a guest appearance on his show.
  4. 4
    someone who has been invited to a party, meeting, or other event by the people organizing it
    She was eager to mingle with the other party guests.
    guest at: He was a guest at our wedding.
    guest of: They were at the Festival as the guests of a Greek businessman.
    invited guests: The ceremony will take place before 10,000 invited VIP guests.
    honored/distinguished guests: Welcome, Mr. President, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.



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