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  1. a person who is traveling, especially for pleasure.
  2. tourist class.
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  1. in tourist-class accommodations, or by tourist-class conveyance: to travel tourist.
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Origin of tourist

First recorded in 1770–80; tour + -ist
Related formsnon·tour·ist, noun
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  • Just then a French tourist came up and accosted us, smiling ruefully.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • I will content myself with describing what is in store for the tourist.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • The roads—if they can be so called—offer little inducement to the tourist.

  • She has but reached one of the commonplaces of tourist ventures.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby

  • Fandor thought: "This grows interesting: it is quite on the cards that this tourist may be."

    A Nest of Spies

    Pierre Souvestre

British Dictionary definitions for tourist


    1. a person who travels for pleasure, usually sightseeing and staying in hotels
    2. (as modifier)tourist attractions
  1. a person on an excursion or sightseeing tour
  2. a person travelling abroad as a member of a sports team that is playing a series of usually international matches
  3. Also called: tourist class the lowest class of accommodation on a passenger ship
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  1. of or relating to tourist accommodation
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Derived Formstouristic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for tourist


1780, from tour (n.) + -ist; tourist trap attested from 1939, in Graham Greene.

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