[ too r-ist ]
/ ˈtʊər ɪst /


a person who is traveling, especially for pleasure.


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

Origin of tourist

First recorded in 1770–80; tour + -ist

Related forms

non·tour·ist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tourist


/ (ˈtʊərɪst) /


  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


of or relating to tourist accommodation

Derived Forms

touristic, adjective
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