[ik-skur-zhuh n, -shuh n]


verb (used without object)

to go on or take an excursion.


of, relating to, or intended for use on excursions: an excursion fare; an excursion bus.

Origin of excursion

First recorded in 1565–75, excursion is from the Latin word excursiōn- (stem of excursiō). See excursus, -ion
Related formsex·cur·sion·al, ex·cur·sion·ar·y, adjectivepre·ex·cur·sion, noun
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a short outward and return journey, esp for relaxation, sightseeing, etc; outing
a group of people going on such a journey
(modifier) of or relating to special reduced rates offered on certain journeys by railan excursion ticket
a digression or deviation; diversionan excursion into politics
(formerly) a raid or attack
  1. a movement from an equilibrium position, as in an oscillation
  2. the magnitude of this displacement
the normal movement of a movable bodily organ or part from its resting position, such as the lateral movement of the lower jaw
machinery the locus of a point on a moving part, esp the deflection of a whirling shaft

Word Origin for excursion

C16: from Latin excursiō an attack, from excurrere to run out, from currere to run
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Word Origin and History for excursion

1570s, "a deviation in argument," also "a military sally," from Latin excursionem (nominative excursio) "a running forth, sally, excursion, expedition," noun of action from past participle stem of excurrere "run out, run forth, hasten," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + currere "to run" (see current (adj.)). Sense of "journey" recorded in English by 1660s.

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