guest - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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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’ve got guests staying this weekend.

    welcome/greet/receive a guest:

    The President and his wife were in the hallway, greeting their dinner guests.

    See also paying guest
  2. 2
    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.

    honoured/distinguished guests:

    Welcome, Mr Prime Minister, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.

    1. a.
      someone who you invite to a restaurant, the theatre etc, and whose meal or ticket you pay for

      You’re here as my guest.

    2. b.
      someone who you take with you to a club where you are a member

      Please would members remember to sign in all guests before using the pool.

  3. 3
    someone who is paying to stay at a hotel or eat in a restaurant

    There is live music to entertain guests.

    hotel guest:

    The indoor heated pool is free to hotel guests.

  4. 4
    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.

    guest appearance:

    The band agreed to make a guest appearance on his show.