- a city in and the capital of Indre-et-Loire, in W France, on the Loire River: Charles Martel defeated the Saracens near here a.d. 732.
- a traveling around from place to place.
- a long journey including the visiting of a number of places in sequence, especially with an organized group led by a guide.
- 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.
- 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.
- a period of duty at one place or in one job.
- to travel from place to place.
- to travel from town to town fulfilling engagements.
- to travel through (a place).
- to send or take (a theatrical company, its production, etc.) from town to town.
- to guide (someone) on a tour: He toured us through the chateaus of the Loire Valley.
Origin of tour
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- a department in W central France. 2378 sq. mi. (6160 sq. km). Capital: Tours.
- a former province in W France. Capital: Tours.
Examples from the Web for tours
The subsequent media attention led prison authorities to officially shut down the tours.Cocaine, Politicians and Wives: Inside the World’s Most Bizarre Prison
October 12, 2014
Emily Rushton, an escort in her 30s who tours both cities and smaller towns around Ontario, explains that region is a factor, too.The Importance of Adult Classifieds
September 6, 2014
Today, tours take visitors up to the once-hidden floor of the still-bustling hotel.The KGB Welcomes You to Estonia’s Hotel Viru. Please Mind the Hidden Bugs
July 31, 2014
They rode as far as Tours on the Loire until stopped by the French cavalry of Charles Martel.Is This Hemingway’s Pamplona or a Lot of Bull?
July 13, 2014
Celebrities like Paul Newman and Sophia Loren even dropped by for tours.Israel’s Tiniest Breakaway State
June 12, 2014
We regret that his tours are so rapid, and his journals so brief.
At Tours Morton had nothing to do but take his pleasure and enjoy himself.Night and Morning, Complete
So after looking well about him he made a series of tours of investigation.Concerning Cats
Helen M. Winslow
All about tours through England and France and Switzerland and everywhere.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
After this crushing disaster at Tours the Moors realized that they were not invincible.A Short History of Spain
Mary Platt Parmele
- a town in W central France, on the River Loire: nearby is the scene of the defeat of the Arabs in 732, which ended the advance of Islam in W Europe. Pop: 132 820 (1999)
- a department of W central France in the Centre region: contains many famous châteaux along the Loire. Capital: Tours. Pop: 563 062 (2003 est). Area: 6158 sq km (2402 sq miles)
- an extended journey, usually taken for pleasure, visiting places of interest along the route
- military a period of service, esp in one place of duty
- a short trip, as for inspection
- a trip made by a theatre company, orchestra, etc, to perform in several different placesa concert tour
- an overseas trip made by a cricket or rugby team, etc, to play in several places
- to make a tour of (a place)
- to perform (a show) or promote (a product) in several different places
- a former province of NW central France: at its height in the 16th century as an area of royal residences, esp along the Loire. Chief town: Tours
Word Origin and History for tours
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.
1746, from tour (n.). Related: Toured; touring.