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tour

[too r] /tʊər/
noun
1.
a traveling around from place to place.
2.
a long journey including the visiting of a number of places in sequence, especially with an organized group led by a guide.
3.
a brief trip through a place, as a building or a site, in order to view or inspect it:
The visiting prime minister was given a tour of the chemical plant.
4.
a journey from town to town to fulfill engagements, as by a theatrical company or an entertainer:
to go on tour; a European concert tour.
5.
a period of duty at one place or in one job.
verb (used without object)
6.
to travel from place to place.
7.
to travel from town to town fulfilling engagements.
verb (used with object)
8.
to travel through (a place).
9.
to send or take (a theatrical company, its production, etc.) from town to town.
10.
to guide (someone) on a tour:
He toured us through the chateaus of the Loire Valley.
Origin of tour
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English (noun) < Middle French < Latin tornus < Greek tórnos tool for making a circle. See turn
Related forms
minitour, noun
untoured, adjective
Synonyms
2. trip, expedition. 6, 8. visit.
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  • No sooner had he attained a position of trust as manager of a touring company than he tampered with moneys intrusted to his care.

    The King of Diamonds Louis Tracy
  • Penelope, consumed with curiosity, joined the touring party one day.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • He comes from the East where he has been touring with his wife.

    The Golden Slipper Anna Katharine Green
  • Switzerland is either all touring, or not at all; it is difficult to decide which.

    The Automobilist Abroad M. F. (Milburg Francisco) Mansfield
  • At the Vanity there was none of the destructive intimacy of touring life.

    The Vanity Girl Compton Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for touring

tour

/tʊə/
noun
1.
an extended journey, usually taken for pleasure, visiting places of interest along the route
2.
(military) a period of service, esp in one place of duty
3.
a short trip, as for inspection
4.
a trip made by a theatre company, orchestra, etc, to perform in several different places: a concert tour
5.
an overseas trip made by a cricket or rugby team, etc, to play in several places
verb
6.
to make a tour of (a place)
7.
to perform (a show) or promote (a product) in several different places
Word Origin
C14: from Old French: a turn, from Latin tornus a lathe, from Greek tornos; compare turn
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Word Origin and History for touring

tour

n.

early 14c., "a turn, a shift on duty," from Old French tour, tourn "a turn, trick, round, circuit, circumference," from torner, tourner "to turn," from Latin tornare "to polish, round off, fashion, turn on a lathe" (see turn (v.)). Sense of "a traveling around, journey" is first recorded 1640s. Tour de France is recorded from 1922. The Grand Tour, a journey through France, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy formerly was the finishing touch in the education of a gentleman.

v.

1746, from tour (n.). Related: Toured; touring.

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