Edgar guest



[gest] /gɛst/

noun
1.
Edgar A(lbert) 1881–1959, U.S. journalist and writer of verse, born in England.
/ɡɛst/
noun
1.
a person who is entertained, taken out to eat, etc, and paid for by another
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5.
a patron of a hotel, boarding house, restaurant, etc
6.
(zoology) a nontechnical name for inquiline
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(informal) be my guest, do as you like
verb
8.
(intransitive) (in theatre and broadcasting) to be a guest: to guest on a show
n.

Old English gæst, giest (Anglian gest) “guest; enemy; stranger,” the common notion being “stranger,” from Proto-Germanic *gastiz (cf. Old Frisian jest, Dutch gast, German Gast, Gothic gasts “guest,” originally “stranger”), from PIE root *ghosti- “strange” (cf. Latin hostis “enemy,” hospes “host” — from *hosti-potis “host, guest,” originally “lord of strangers” — Greek xenos “guest, host, stranger;” Old Church Slavonic gosti “guest, friend,” gospodi “lord, master”).

Spelling evolution influenced by Old Norse cognate gestr (the usual sound changes from the Old English word would have yielded Modern English *yest). Phrase be my guest in the sense of “go right ahead” first recorded 1955.
see: be my guest

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