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[sahyt-see-ing] /ˈsaɪtˌsi ɪŋ/
the act of visiting and seeing places and objects of interest.
seeing, showing, or used for visiting sights:
a sightseeing bus.
Origin of sightseeing
First recorded in 1840-50; sight + seeing


[sahyt-see] /ˈsaɪtˌsi/
verb (used without object)
to go about seeing places and things of interest:
In Rome, we only had two days to sightsee.
verb (used with object)
to go about seeing the major sights of:
We had only two days to sightsee Rome.
1825-35; back formation from sightseer or sightseeing
Related forms
sightseer, noun Unabridged
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  • We had come, leisurely, by river, and were sightseeing every moment.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • She thought about it a great deal while she and Aunt Em were driven about sightseeing.

    Gloria and Treeless Street Annie Hamilton Donnell
  • Back a year ago, the average patrol was nothing but a sightseeing tour.


    Irving W. Lande
  • sightseeing was always but incidental to the higher service of the Master.

    George Muller of Bristol Arthur T. Pierson
  • The first few days of sightseeing were passed in the city and its environs.

    Janet's Love and Service Margaret M Robertson
  • The usual round of sightseeing was performed on the following day.

    Due West

    Maturin Murray Ballou
  • Pyrrus is a death world, not a sightseeing spot for jaded tourists.

    Deathworld Harry Harrison
British Dictionary definitions for sightseeing


noun (informal)
  1. the activity of visiting the famous or interesting sights of a place
  2. (as modifier): sightseeing trip


verb -sees, -seeing, -saw, -seen
(informal) to visit the famous or interesting sights of (a place)
Derived Forms
sightseer, noun
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Word Origin and History for sightseeing

also sight-seeing, 1821, from sight (cf. sights) + present participle of see (v.). Sight-see (v.) is from 1824. Sight-seer first recorded 1821.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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