Definition of tour in English:


Syllabification: tour
Pronunciation: /to͝or


  • 1A journey for pleasure in which several different places are visited: three couples from Kansas on an airline tour of Alaska
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    • As of yesterday, 72 groups totaling 1,024 Chinese nationals have visited Taiwan for sightseeing tours.
    • And that is why boat rides are an important part of the sight-seeing tours offered by many tour operators here.
    • He estimates the vehicle has gone about a million miles on nine tours and three different motors.
    trip to/through, excursion to/through, journey to/through, expedition to/through, jaunt to/through, outing to/through; trek to/through, safari to/through
    archaic peregrination to/through
  • 1.1A short trip to or through a place in order to view or inspect something: a tour of the White House
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    • Eventually curiosity got the better of her and she hopped out for a very short tour of inspection, only to hasten back inside, leaving nothing but a few paw prints in the falling snow.
    • That venture, along with limited guided tours and day trips for schoolchildren, proved hugely popular and 2,500 people have visited the centre per week.
    • After a short tour of the ruins of the Cistercian Abbey, founded in 1132, he saw one of Europe's oldest surviving monastic mills.
    visit, inspection, guided tour
  • 2A journey made by performers or an athletic team, in which they perform or play in several different places: she joined the Royal Shakespeare Company on tour
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    • This is the standard defence often used in trying to excuse otherwise often outrageous behaviour by sporting teams on tour or on pre season or post season trips.
    • On tour, performers say, they receive top-notch medical care and physical conditioning support.
    • Why postpone it merely because the National team is on tour.
  • 2.1 (the tour) (In golf, tennis, and other sports) the annual round of events in which top professionals compete.
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    • There is Annika Sorenstam here, the number one on the ladies' professional golf tour, the LPGA.
    • Landlord Oliver Cleary is expecting a dip in takings when 10 of his regulars jet off for their annual golf tour to Portugal next month.
    • Woods has chased titles and money with equal vigour since he broke onto the professional golf tour in 1996.
  • 3 (also tour of duty) A period of duty on military or diplomatic service: he was haunted by his tour of duty in Vietnam
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    • The military has repeatedly extended tours of duty for US soldiers and placed enormous strains on the Army Reserve and Army National Guard.
    • Furthermore, they also acquired sufficient skills through practical experience as part of their tours of duty in line units that were included in the course of studies.
    • New arrivals in-processed in Japan as others enjoyed rest and relaxation leave, or prepared to rotate home after completing their tours of duty.


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  • 1Make a tour of (an area): he decided to tour France [no object]: they had toured in a little minivan
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    • He last visited the island in November to tour earthquake-stricken areas in central Taiwan.
    • When I did my own tour of the boros today, I tried to imagine how exactly a president tours a disaster area.
    • The new Queen spent much of February touring the stricken areas to try to boost morale.
    travel around, explore, discover, vacation in, visitvisit, go around/through, walk around/through, inspect
    informal check out
  • 1.1Take (a performer, production, etc.) on tour.
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    • Young Hamlet is the latest touring professional production to be staged at Glusburn Institute.
    • He dropped out of high school in 1960 to dance in a European touring production of West Side Story.
    • UK readers will be able to make up their own minds next year when the company tours the production to London, Scotland and the regions.


Middle English (sense 3 of the noun): from Old French, 'turn', via Latin from Greek tornos 'lathe'. Sense 1 dates from the mid 17th century.

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