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

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Today, the suburban house offers a similar jumping-off point for weekend excursions, and the advent of telecommuting offers the possibility of working a day or two in the backyard. Brooke Lea Foster, New York Times, "Weekending in the Suburbs," 14 June 2019 Rumors on the rail say that Big Boy might be used for special excursions, and possibly even to pull freight again. Tom Bentley, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Big Boy 4014 is Such a Badass Train," 13 June 2019 Centennial Canoe’s Canoe & Brew with Breckenridge Brewery is one of the outfitter’s most popular excursions, with one trip on the Yampa River and another on the Gunnison. Monica Parpal Stockbridge, The Know, "5 summer adventures crafted around craft beer," 12 June 2019 The nonprofit social club has been active in the area for 20 years and offers presentations, art and garden tours, local excursions, card and board games, dine in and dine out groups, crafts and watercolor classes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Choir unites kids across borders," 8 June 2019 First, Hawaii Jeep Tours took us on a three-hour excursion around the south and east sides of Oahu. Doug Hansen, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Finding the aloha spirit in three Hawaiian Islands," 3 Apr. 2018 After the sun goes down, observe sparkling bioluminescence during a magical nighttime snorkeling excursion. National Geographic, "Bali High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 My excursion with Brown and his assistant, Matt Simon, began in the woods behind a summer home that was, for more than 115 years, owned by the same family. James Mcwilliams, Outside Online, "The Town That Lives with Rattlesnakes," 10 June 2019 During my excursion, a mother, father and baby whale all breached in the waters 30 feet off the bow of our boat. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "New Mexico hot spot: Riviera Nayarit caters to families with new resorts and attractions," 4 June 2019

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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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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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