- a person who visits, as for reasons of friendship, business, duty, travel, or the like.
Origin of visitor
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Visitor, caller, guest, visitant are terms for a person who comes to spend time with or stay with others, or in a place. A visitor often stays some time, for social pleasure, for business, sightseeing, etc.: a visitor at our neighbor's house. A caller comes for a brief (usually) formal visit: The caller merely left her card. A guest is anyone receiving hospitality, and the word has been extended to include anyone who pays for meals and lodging: a welcome guest; a hotel guest. Visitant applies especially to a migratory bird or to a supernatural being: a warbler as a visitant.
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Examples from the Web for visitor
Most of it is taken up by a graphic inviting the visitor to participate in the 2016 online presidential straw poll.Today’s GOP: Still Cool With Racist Pandering?
January 7, 2015
One visitor, an elderly woman named Mrs. Lacey, relays an anecdote about her American son-in-law.Colm Toibin Describes The Creation Of His Quiet Masterpiece ‘Nora Webster’
November 3, 2014
“We know that Hong Kong people call us locusts,” said Mr. Sun, a visitor from Guangdong province.Chinese Tourists Are Taking Hong Kong Protest Selfies
October 23, 2014
Now, we talk about reducing the stigma of this disease—yet we've treated a visitor living with it as a threat.They May Sound Like a Good Idea, But Travel Bans for Ebola Won’t Work
October 18, 2014
And so the visitor, feeling a little self-conscious, starts examining individual images.Young, Hot, and Nude: Ryan McGinley’s Body Count
October 6, 2014
"He can't be at home, or else he won't come," thought the visitor.
Jumping over the window sill, the visitor found himself in this room.
Her visitor had accepted the open door as permission to enter and was standing in the hall.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
And one evening when I came in from gathering acorns, I discovered that I had had a visitor.The Trail Book
"Luck was against you to-day, Dixon," exclaimed the visitor.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- a person who pays a visit; caller, guest, tourist, etc
- another name for visitant (def. 4)
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Word Origin and History for visitor
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