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adjective guest pronunciation in American English /ɡest/
  1. 1
    provided for guests to use
    a set of guest towels
    a TV in the guest lounge
  2. 2
    appearing by invitation to perform at an event
    a regular guest conductor with orchestras all over the world
    guest speaker/lecturer: Tonight’s guest speaker is Peter Bell.
    guest star: The show frequently features well-known guest stars.
  3. 3
    relating to guests
    guest list: Is she on the guest list for our wedding?


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