[ ik-skur-zhuh n, -shuh n ]
/ ɪkˈskɜr ʒən, -ʃən /


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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/ (ɪkˈskɜːʃən, -ʒən) /


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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