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tourist

[ too r-ist ]
/ ˈtʊər ɪst /
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noun

a person who is traveling, especially for pleasure.

adverb

in tourist-class accommodations, or by tourist-class conveyance: to travel tourist.

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RELATED WORDS

visitor, sightseer, traveler, rubberneck, stranger, tripper, wayfarer, excursionist, voyager, globetrotter, journeyer, day-tripper

Nearby words

tourette syndrome, tourette's syndrome, tourie, touring car, tourism, tourist, tourist car, tourist class, tourist court, tourist home, tourist trap

Origin of tourist

First recorded in 1770–80; tour + -ist
Related formsnon·tour·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for tourist

tourist

/ (ˈtʊərɪst) /

noun

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

adjective

of or relating to tourist accommodation
Derived Formstouristic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for tourist

tourist


n.

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

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