- 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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Examples from the Web for touring
A lot of veteran artists say that the hardest part of the job is touring.George Clinton on Industry ‘Mobsters’ and How Nobody Wants to Listen to a Crackhead
November 19, 2014
As a cultural corrective, Hayes is currently touring in a one-man show titled Riding the Midnight Express with Billy Hayes.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler
November 14, 2014
While touring Europe for the first time, Joplin decided to test out its success on the international scene.Janis Joplin’s Kozmic Blues
November 8, 2014
Once you fill in the book, you send it back where it joins the others on the shelves and travels with the annual touring trip.Blurred Lines at NY Sketchbook Museum
November 1, 2014
Spooky Tooth had reformed quite a while before I received the call and were touring quite often.When Gary Wright Met George Harrison: Dream Weaver, John and Yoko, and More
September 29, 2014
Touring it through the Causses seemed, indeed, beset with difficulties.The Roof of France
She had told Eileen that she might take the touring car and do as she pleased with it.Her Father's Daughter
The remaining one was a touring car and contained the balance of the party.
The town was utterly unknown to them, and they were touring Scotland for the first time.Scottish Ghost Stories
Then the biplane and the touring car continued on the way to Plankville.The Rover Boys in the Air
- 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
Word Origin and History for touring
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.