- a traveling around from place to place.
- a long journey including the visiting of a number of places in sequence, especially with an organized group led by a guide.
- 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.
- 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.
- a period of duty at one place or in one job.
- to travel from place to place.
- to travel from town to town fulfilling engagements.
- to travel through (a place).
- to send or take (a theatrical company, its production, etc.) from town to town.
- to guide (someone) on a tour: He toured us through the chateaus of the Loire Valley.
Origin of tour
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- Georges de [zhawrzh duh] /ʒɔrʒ də/, 1593–1652, French painter.
Examples from the Web for tour
Stanley Richards, Senior Vice President of the Fortune Society, gave a tour along with a few residents.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside
January 3, 2015
Before I go out on tour, I ask for prayer and to help my family.Down With the King: Christianity Isn’t Hiding in Rap’s Closet
December 28, 2014
They finished out the tour without incident, while newspapers across the country picked up the story.How Martin Luther King Jr. Influenced Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change Is Gonna Come’
December 28, 2014
I was a part of this tour, debating Meyer in Richmond, Virginia in April.2014: Revenge of the Creationists
Karl W. Giberson
December 27, 2014
HONG KONG—Last year, I met a Chinese graduate student on a tour of the northeastern United States before his first day at Harvard.China’s Internet Is Freer Than You Think
December 27, 2014
Besides visiting Italy he explored Sicily, and kept a journal of his tour.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Now I'm going on a tour of exploration and noisy admiration.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
Such, at least, was my luck when starting for my annual French tour in 1887.The Roof of France
Isn't this tour for our pleasure, and can't we do what we like?It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
They are still partly on a marriage, and partly on an artistic, tour.'Little Dorrit
- an extended journey, usually taken for pleasure, visiting places of interest along the route
- military a period of service, esp in one place of duty
- a short trip, as for inspection
- a trip made by a theatre company, orchestra, etc, to perform in several different placesa concert tour
- an overseas trip made by a cricket or rugby team, etc, to play in several places
- to make a tour of (a place)
- to perform (a show) or promote (a product) in several different places
- Georges de (ʒɔrʒ də). ?1593–1652, French painter, esp of candlelit religious scenes
Word Origin and History for tour
early 14c., "a turn, a shift on duty," from Old French tour, tourn "a turn, trick, round, circuit, circumference," from torner, tourner "to turn," from Latin tornare "to polish, round off, fashion, turn on a lathe" (see turn (v.)). Sense of "a traveling around, journey" is first recorded 1640s. Tour de France is recorded from 1922. The Grand Tour, a journey through France, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy formerly was the finishing touch in the education of a gentleman.
1746, from tour (n.). Related: Toured; touring.