a person who travels regularly or frequently to countries all over the world.

Origin of globetrotter

First recorded in 1870–75; globe + trotter Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of globetrotter

  • He had to go to Simla to look after a globetrotter relative of his—a person with a title.

    Soldiers Three

    Rudyard Kipling

  • One bore all the distinguishing marks of the army officer of high rank, but the other was unmistakably a globetrotter.

  • But being what I am, there is no real zest in merely moving about aimlessly like any other globetrotter.

    Katharine Frensham

    Beatrice Harraden

  • But the new ideas grew; every globetrotter became a Nationalist and an Imperialist, and shed his party skin.

    Lessons of the War

    Spenser Wilkinson

  • Possibly perceiving an expression of dubiosity on their faces the globetrotter went on, adhering to his adventures.


    James Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for globetrotter



a habitual worldwide traveller, esp a tourist or businessman
Derived Formsglobetrotting, noun, adjective
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Word Origin and History for globetrotter

"world traveller," 1871, from globe + agent noun from trot (v.). As a verb, globetrot is recorded from 1883.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper