Not really opposite word but more like a corresponding word?

Teacher - Student

Doctor - Patient

Interviewer - Interviewee

Host - ??? (Guest? Hostee?)

I cannot find anything that feels right. Host here refers to a host in a group meeting or a coffee chat.

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Guest is the right corresponding term and this is what I would personally use. It is commonly used in a variety of situations:

a person who is staying with you, or a person you have invited to a social occasion, such as a party or a meal (Cambridge)

Guest is very used on sites to differentiate between members who have an account and (anonymous) guests or guest users who do not have an account, or have a different type of account. So guest would go well in the chat situation as well.

But there is also the slightly more technical term invitee:

a person who is invited to something:

This one is more formal, but it might express better what you need, as it focuses more on the fact of being invited.

In law, invitees and licensees are both guests, but:

The main difference between an invitee and licensee is that an invitee has been invited for business purposes while a licensee is someone there for social purposes or a reason unrelated to business. (burkelaw)

  • In a meeting scenario, an invitee becomes an attendee when they join.
    – Jim
    Oct 15 at 9:11
  • Yes, true. But the attendee has less of the being invited connotation, which is what creates the relationship between host and guests: the one who invites and the ones who are invited. (Like in the teacher-student relationship, the one who teaches and the one who is taught). Giver-receiver.
    – fev
    Oct 15 at 9:25
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    "Guest" is the obvious choice. There are more specific words for different roles people might have at a meeting (e.g. observer, facilitator, chair, visitor, secretary, clerk...) and it's not always clear who the host is (one person may book the room, another invite everyone, someone else chair the meeting, someone else might be the higher-up in the organisation, etc), but absent those considerations "guest" works.
    – Stuart F
    Oct 15 at 13:20
  • Attendee is a wastebasket word. If you can't call'em something polite, call'em attendees; they attended, didn't they? No more needs to be said, and soon they'll be gone. Oct 16 at 18:51

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