I'm hosting an event. Some people have confirmed their attendance, the attendees. Others have been invited but not responded, invitees.

What is a single word to refer to both groups of people?

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    Attendees are those who attend, not those who say they're going to. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 6 '14 at 16:20
  • Colleagues is a nice friendly democratic word. Providing you're at the conference, too. – John Lawler Oct 6 '14 at 16:30
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    Why do you need an umbrella term? Is it an outdoor event? – Edwin Ashworth Oct 6 '14 at 16:33

You have invited guests. Some have responded. Some have not.

  • Umm, if I haven't replied to your invitation, I'm not your guest... – einpoklum Oct 7 '14 at 22:05
  • @einpoklum You don't have to use the word umm. You only have to be invited. – SrJoven Oct 8 '14 at 3:18

Guests/audience: Confirmed and Unconfirmed.


An invitee is an invited person. Some of those have responded and confirmed their attendance or absence. Those who actually participate are the attendees. The rest are just invitees who haven't responded.

See invitee and attendee.

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    Not all attendees were invited. Some have become attendees by their own choice, registration was open. – Matthew Oct 6 '14 at 16:20
  • @MattPotts: True, but an open invitation is still an invitation. It has some target audience, no matter how large, which are the invitees. – Fabian Fagerholm Oct 6 '14 at 16:22
  • @MattPotts: Well, if I wasn't invited, am I not a crashee rather than an attendee? :-) – einpoklum Oct 7 '14 at 22:06
  • Uninvited attendee. – Ornello Oct 20 '14 at 19:59

Why do you need a single word for both? Language doesn't necessarily come pre-packaged. The 'attendees' are the ones who do come, not the ones who just say they are coming.

'Those who are invited' and 'those who attend'.

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    DO NOT comment on my comments. – Ronan Oct 22 '14 at 9:29

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