Definition of visitor in English:

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visitor

Pronunciation: /ˈvɪzɪtə/

noun

1A person visiting someone or somewhere, especially socially or as a tourist: she’s a frequent visitor to London I’m expecting visitors later this evening
More example sentences
  • Their view will be that of the outsider, the visitor, the tourist.
  • This is a wonderful development in the area and was much needed to facilitate the local visitor and the passing tourists.
  • She was a frequent visitor to the local garden centres in the city and county and her garden was a testimony to her love of shrubs and flowers.
Synonyms
guest, caller;
company
archaic visitant
tourist, traveller, holidaymaker, day tripper, tripper, sightseer, globetrotter, jet-setter, backpacker, voyager, tourer, explorer, pilgrim;
foreigner, outsider, stranger, alien;
North American  vacationer, vacationist, out-of-towner
British informal emmet, grockle
rare excursionist
1.1 (usually visitors) A member of a sports team on tour or playing away from home: the visitors came back into the game with two penalty goals
More example sentences
  • No mean achievement this, as the visitors ' first team are two leagues above Ilkley.
  • Robinson added the extra two and a further penalty when the visitors strayed offside.
  • A penalty put the visitors back to within one goal as the teams went into overdrive.
1.2British A person with the right or duty of occasionally inspecting and reporting on a college or other academic institution.
Example sentences
  • Upstairs, the visitor sees that a group of 3rd-graders are also having a math lesson.
  • First off, Michael Briggs managed to thwart a formal inquiry by appealing to the university visitor.
1.3 Ornithology A migratory bird present in a locality for only part of the year: the red-necked grebe is a regular winter visitor
More example sentences
  • As we were leaving, we stopped to admire the cardinals at the bird feeder by the visitor's center.
  • Sharath Babu says the golden oriole is an attractive bird, a winter visitor to Bangalore.
  • Ice free, fresh water will help attract birds to your garden and make them regular visitors.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French visitour, from Old French visiter (see visit).

Words that rhyme with visitor

inquisitor

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: vis|it¦or

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