From Middle English gest hous, gistenehus, gystehuse, gesthus, partly from Old English gæsthūs, ġesthūs (“guesthouse, hostel; guest-chamber”), from Proto-West Germanic *gastihūs; and partly from Old Norse gesthús (“guesthouse; guest-chamber”); both from Proto-Germanic *gastihūsą, corresponding to guest + house.
guesthouse (plural guesthouses)
- A small house near a main house, for lodging visitors.
- A private house offering accommodation to paying guests; a boarding house; a bed and breakfast.
- See also Thesaurus:lodging place