or trav·e·log

[trav-uh-lawg, -log]


a lecture, slide show, or motion picture describing travels.

Origin of travelogue

1900–05, Americanism; blend of travel and monologue Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for travelogue

Contemporary Examples of travelogue

  • A travelogue of the drug-testing labs at Pfizer, Eli Lilly, or GlaxoSmithKline would likely be soporific.

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    Roger Roffman

    April 27, 2014

  • The book is an interesting blend of forms, part cartography, philosophy, travelogue, and poetry.

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    Nicholas Mancusi

    October 7, 2012

  • He rode across Mexico in a bike and, in 1990, published a travelogue.

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    My Night on the Border

    Bryan Curtis

    May 25, 2010

  • Whatever genre Dyer tackles, critical study, novel, travelogue, his true subject is generally, charmingly, Geoff Dyer.

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    Drunk in Venice, Mad in India

    Taylor Antrim

    April 8, 2009

Historical Examples of travelogue

  • "Here we have his travelogue for five years back," said Updyke, airily.

    Dreamy Hollow

    Sumner Charles Britton

  • A travelogue, one chapter of which deals with "A Dakota Paradise."

  • Her report was really an interesting 'travelogue' of a trip around the world, given in tabloid form.

  • Her report was really an interesting "travelogue" of a trip around the world, given in tabloid form.

British Dictionary definitions for travelogue


sometimes US travelog


a film, lecture, or brochure on travels and travelling

Word Origin for travelogue

C20: from travel + -logue
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for travelogue

"a talk on travel," 1903, a hybrid word coined by U.S. traveler Burton Holmes (1870-1958) from travel + Greek-derived -logue, abstracted from monologue.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper