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  1. a traveling around from place to place.
  2. a long journey including the visiting of a number of places in sequence, especially with an organized group led by a guide.

    Synonyms: expedition, trip

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. a period of duty at one place or in one job.

verb (used without object)

  1. to travel from place to place.

    Synonyms: visit

  2. to travel from town to town fulfilling engagements.

verb (used with object)

  1. to travel through (a place).

    Synonyms: visit

  2. to send or take (a theatrical company, its production, etc.) from town to town.
  3. to guide (someone) on a tour:

    He toured us through the chateaus of the Loire Valley.


/ tʊə /


  1. an extended journey, usually taken for pleasure, visiting places of interest along the route
  2. military a period of service, esp in one place of duty
  3. a short trip, as for inspection
  4. a trip made by a theatre company, orchestra, etc, to perform in several different places

    a concert tour

  5. an overseas trip made by a cricket or rugby team, etc, to play in several places


  1. to make a tour of (a place)
  2. to perform (a show) or promote (a product) in several different places
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Other Words From

  • mini·tour noun
  • un·toured adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of tour1

1250–1300; Middle English (noun) < Middle French < Latin tornus < Greek tórnos tool for making a circle. See turn
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Word History and Origins

Origin of tour1

C14: from Old French: a turn, from Latin tornus a lathe, from Greek tornos; compare turn
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Example Sentences

The Frederick Douglass National Historic Site hosts a walking tour of Douglass’ Anacostia today at noon.

Noah Latham, a private based at Fort Drum, did a tour of Iraq as a drone operator, according to an Army spokesperson.

Hughes was scheduled to join city officials on a tour of the building two weeks later.

Plus, see how the Panda Cams are operated, take a virtual tour of the panda house and get the answers to some of your most-asked questions.

At that time, Matt Rihm and Hans Smith of Armada Skis were driving out for a ski tour in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.

Stanley Richards, Senior Vice President of the Fortune Society, gave a tour along with a few residents.

Before I go out on tour, I ask for prayer and to help my family.

They finished out the tour without incident, while newspapers across the country picked up the story.

TLC promptly pulled the plug on the hit series and Shannon embarked on a press tour denying the claims.

I was a part of this tour, debating Meyer in Richmond, Virginia in April.

The magazines sketch us a lively article, the newspapers vignette us, step by step, a royal tour.

But the traveller took a wide tour; and did not bring the letter to its destination until two months after its date.

Your most intimate friend arrived in Paris, and you choose the next day to make a little tour!

I did not anticipate a tour of pleasure through Ireland, but the reality is more painful than I anticipated.

He explained quietly that he did not belong here, but was making a tour of the parishes of Wurttemberg and Baden.


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