Russian Vocabulary (and Wisdom)

How to say "guest" in Russian

This Russian word is one of the top 1000 words in Russian. The complete list of most common Russian words is available here.


Meaning: guest, visitor

Pronunciation: [gohst']

Part of speech: noun (masculine noun)

Rank: #476 (see frequency list)

It is my birthday tomorrow, I will receive guests.
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 Example sentences:
  • Зáвтра у меня́ День рождéния, ко мне приду́т гócти.
  • It is my birthday tomorrow, I will receive guests.
  •  literal  Tomorrow is my birthday, guests will come to my place.
  • У вас всегдá так мнóго гостéй!
  • You always receive so many guests!
  •  literal  You always have so many guests!
  • Зáвтра я иду́ в гóсти к извécтному писáтелю.
  • Tomorrow I am invited to the famous writer's house.
  •  literal  Tomorrow I am going to a famous writer.
  • Ты ужé был в гостя́х у Кáти?
  • Have you already been to Katia's house?
  •  literal  Have you already been as a guest in the Katia's house?
  • Сегóдня ты наш почëтный гость.
  • Today you are our guest of honour.
  • Давáйте вы́пьем за здорóвье гостéй.
  • Let's drink for the health of our guests.
  • Он всë врéмя хóдит по гостя́м, никогдá дóма не бывáет.
  • He always goes on visits, he never stays at home.
  • Дороги́е москвичи́ и гócти столи́цы! Приглашáем вас на я́рмарку сувени́ров.
  • Dear muscovites and tourists! We invite you to the souvenirs fair.
  •  literal  Dear muscovites and city guests! We invite you to the souvenirs fair.
  • Ты ужé нали́л винó гостя́м?
  • Have you already poured wine to the guests?
  • Вчерá онá пришлá из гостéй в час нóчи.
  • Yesterday she arrived from her friend's place at one o'clock at night.
  •  literal  Yesterday she arrived from the guests at one o'clock at night.

 Idioms and set expressions:
  • идти́ в гócти = visit, go on a visit
  • быть в гостя́х = be visiting
  • возвращáться из гостéй = return from a visit
  • звáные гócти = invited guests
  • почëтный гость = guest of honour
  • гócти столи́цы = tourists
      literal  city guests
 Related words:
  • гócтья = guest (feminine)
  • гости́ница = hotel
  • гости́ная = living room
 Proverbs and sayings:
  • Был и мëд, да гócти вы́пили.
  • There also was honey, but the guests drank it.
 Other forms of the word (declensions):
Case Singular Plural

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Word recordings: Copyright(c) 2006 Streit Goulnara, Streit Eric, Vion Nicolas. Copyright(c) 2007 S. Sakhno, N. Vion. Distributed under CC-BY.

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