[ viz-i-ter ]
/ ˈvɪz ɪ tər /


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

Nearby words

  1. visiting card,
  2. visiting fireman,
  3. visiting nurse,
  4. visiting professor,
  5. visiting teacher,
  6. visitor centre,
  7. visitor's passport,
  8. visitorial,
  9. vislinsky zaliv,
  10. visna

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

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.

Related formspre·vis·i·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for visitor


/ (ˈvɪzɪtə) /


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