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.]

1.

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.
Spenser.

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

 

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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.
Chapman.

 

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Guest, n. (Zoöl.)

(a)

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

(b)

An inquiline.

 

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