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[glohb-trot-er] /ˈgloʊbˌtrɒt ər/
a person who travels regularly or frequently to countries all over the world.
Origin of globetrotter
First recorded in 1870-75; globe + trotter Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He had to go to Simla to look after a globetrotter relative of his—a person with a title.

    Soldiers Three Rudyard Kipling
  • One bore all the distinguishing marks of the army officer of high rank, but the other was unmistakably a globetrotter.

  • But being what I am, there is no real zest in merely moving about aimlessly like any other globetrotter.

    Katharine Frensham Beatrice Harraden
  • But the new ideas grew; every globetrotter became a Nationalist and an Imperialist, and shed his party skin.

    Lessons of the War

    Spenser Wilkinson
  • Possibly perceiving an expression of dubiosity on their faces the globetrotter went on, adhering to his adventures.

    Ulysses James Joyce
British Dictionary definitions for globetrotter


a habitual worldwide traveller, esp a tourist or businessman
Derived Forms
globetrotting, noun, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for globetrotter

"world traveller," 1871, from globe + agent noun from trot (v.). As a verb, globetrot is recorded from 1883.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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