ex·cur·sion | \ik-ˈskər-zhən \

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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Synonyms for excursion


jaunt, junket, outing, ramble, sally, spin

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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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Now, the Smiths offer more excursions for halibut and clams, and also offer flyout fishing trips through other companies. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Pretty devastating’: After years of poor king salmon runs, renowned Kenai River sport fishing community adjusts," 7 July 2018 Book off-shore excursions that get you back in time to shower and be on the pool deck for sundown cocktails. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "How a French Polynesia Cruise Made Me a Joiner," 14 June 2018 On the bright side, though, Americans planning a warm-weather excursion will get a better deal than travelers who went to Europe back in February, when the euro was roughly $1.26. Adam Shell, USA TODAY, "Pull out your passport: A rising dollar eases the cost of summer travel overseas," 23 May 2018 President Donald Trump's sons are also avid trophy hunters who have made past excursions to Africa and Alaska. NBC News, "Interior Dept. moves to allow Alaska bear hunting with doughnuts, bacon," 22 May 2018 President Trump's sons are also avid trophy hunters who have made past excursions to Africa and Alaska. CBS News, "Trump administration moves to allow hunters to lure brown bears with bacon, doughnuts," 22 May 2018 Every excursion and special event on Tauck trips is included in the fare. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Exclusive events, all-inclusive fares: Inside the Tauck formula for small-ship cruising," 13 July 2018 Jones Brothers books an additional 2,500-3,000 flights per year, including plane-boat-train excursions and bar hop fly-ins to waterfront pubs. Nancy Moreland, The Seattle Times, "Ready for takeoff: A nervous flyer takes on America’s Seaplane City," 3 July 2018 Other tours include a Hill Country and LBJ Ranch excursion and a San Antonio breweries tour. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "Take a walk or other vehicular tour of San Antonio," 4 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of excursion

1 : a brief trip for pleasure

2 : a trip at special reduced rates


ex·cur·sion | \ik-ˈskər-zhən \

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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