Guest (gest), n. [OE. gest, AS. gæst, gest; akin to OS., D., & G. gast, Icel. gestr, Sw. gäst, Dan. Gjäst, Goth. gasts, Russ. goste, and to L. hostis enemy, stranger; the meaning stranger is the older one, but the root is unknown. Cf. Host an army, Hostile.]


A visitor; a person received and entertained in one's house or at one's table; a visitor entertained without pay.

To cheer his guests, whom he had stayed that night.

True friendship's laws are by this rule exprest.
Welcome the coming, speed the parting guest.


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Guest (?), v. t.

To receive or entertain hospitably. [Obs.] Sylvester.


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Guest, v. i.

To be, or act the part of, a guest. [Obs.]

And tell me, best of princes, who he was
That guested here so late.


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Guest, n. (Zoöl.)


Any insect that lives in the nest of another without compulsion and usually not as a parasite.


An inquiline.


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