a person who visits, as for reasons of friendship, business, duty, travel, or the like.

Origin of visitor

1400–50; late Middle English visitour < Anglo-French; Old French visiteor < Late Latin vīsitātor, equivalent to Latin vīsitā(re) to visit + -tor -tor
Related formspre·vis·i·tor, noun

Synonyms for visitor

Visitor, caller, guest, visitant are terms for a person who comes to spend time with or stay with others, or in a place. A visitor often stays some time, for social pleasure, for business, sightseeing, etc.: a visitor at our neighbor's house. A caller comes for a brief (usually) formal visit: The caller merely left her card. A guest is anyone receiving hospitality, and the word has been extended to include anyone who pays for meals and lodging: a welcome guest; a hotel guest. Visitant applies especially to a migratory bird or to a supernatural being: a warbler as a visitant. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for visitor

Contemporary Examples of visitor

Historical Examples of visitor

  • "He can't be at home, or else he won't come," thought the visitor.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Jumping over the window sill, the visitor found himself in this room.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • Her visitor had accepted the open door as permission to enter and was standing in the hall.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • And one evening when I came in from gathering acorns, I discovered that I had had a visitor.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • "Luck was against you to-day, Dixon," exclaimed the visitor.


    W. A. Fraser

British Dictionary definitions for visitor



a person who pays a visit; caller, guest, tourist, etc
another name for visitant (def. 4)
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Word Origin and History for visitor

early 15c., from visit + -or. Sports sense is from 1900.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper