ex·​cur·​sion | \ ik-ˈskər-zhən How to pronounce excursion (audio) \

Definition of excursion

1a : a going out or forth : expedition
b(1) : a usually brief pleasure trip
(2) : a trip at special reduced rates
2 : deviation from a direct, definite, or proper course especially : digression needless excursions into abstruse theory
3 : a movement outward and back or from a mean position or axis also : the distance traversed : amplitude the excursion of a piston

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Examples of excursion in a Sentence

They went on a brief excursion to the coast. our weekend excursions have encompassed virtually all parts of our home state
Recent Examples on the Web In March 2020 the scope of my world collapsed and was reduced to, basically, my home — with an occasional excursion to others’ yards or trails, but really, mostly, my house and yard. Alli Harvey, Anchorage Daily News, "Next on ‘As the Auger Turns:’ Will this fence be built? Will this marriage survive?," 24 Apr. 2021 Too with Any Turbeville is another boat that will be bringing vets out for an enjoyable fishing excursion. Emmett Hall, sun-sentinel.com, "Naked Warrior Project fishing tourney honors Navy SEAL’s legacy," 13 Apr. 2021 Puppers can also head out on their own adventures, leaving their parents behind for some one-on-one time, with the excursion company Lazy Dog. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Pamper Yourself and Your Pooch With This Pet-themed Valentine’s Package at a Dreamy Key West Resort," 7 Feb. 2021 Getting a tattoo was far from essential and therefore an unnecessary excursion outside of the house. Celina Caesar-chavannes, refinery29.com, "Why I Won’t Fix My Misspelled Tattoo Any Time Soon," 1 Jan. 2021 The scoop: An impressive sleight-of-hand excursion into chocolate and almonds that doesn’t require an oven. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "We have a winner! Here are the best recipes of the 2020 Star Tribune Holiday Cookie Contest," 3 Dec. 2020 Passengers also did not interact with locals during their stops and were shuttled to empty beaches to either relax or do an excursion. NBC News, "Passenger tests positive for coronavirus on first cruise ship to sail Caribbean since pandemic," 12 Nov. 2020 Her latest excursion, via laptop, took her to a number of castles, from the Château de Pierrefonds in the Oise, in northern France, to Miramare Castle in Italy. Washington Post, "How long will it take to overcome our pandemic travel anxiety?," 14 Apr. 2021 An an excursion to the local zoo was planned for Wednesday night. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona's Adia Barnes excited about being part of Final Four history," 1 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of excursion

circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for excursion

Latin excursion-, excursio, from excurrere

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The first known use of excursion was circa 1587

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4 May 2021

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“Excursion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excursion. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of excursion

: a short trip especially for pleasure


ex·​cur·​sion | \ ik-ˈskər-zhən How to pronounce excursion (audio) \

Kids Definition of excursion

1 : a brief trip for pleasure
2 : a trip at special reduced rates


ex·​cur·​sion | \ ik-ˈskər-zhən How to pronounce excursion (audio) \

Medical Definition of excursion

1a : a movement outward and back or from a mean position or axis excursion of the femur
b : the distance traversed
2 : one complete movement of expansion and contraction of the lungs and their membranes (as in breathing)

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