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 But even for something as simple as a half-day tour of Taos’s artisan scene or a bike excursion around Albuquerque, the company doesn’t take half-measures. Ann Abel, Forbes, "Why Albuquerque, New Mexico, Is the Most Exotic American Big City," 11 May 2021 The resort also offers personalized lavish experiences, such as a helicopter tour over the Great Blue Hole or a private yacht fishing excursion. Kimberly Wilson, Travel + Leisure, "This Private Island Resort Has 7 Stunning Villas With Private Chefs, Personal Butlers, and More," 1 May 2021 One person familiar with Trump Jr.'s whereabouts described the excursion as his own brief reprieve from politics. Gabby Orr, CNN, "Donald Trump Jr. takes on new role as top adviser inside the Trump family," 20 Apr. 2021 Compared to the seven-month, 293-million-mile journey from Earth to Mars, a brief excursion 10 feet above the dusty surface of Mars might seem like an afterthought. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Ingenuity, NASA’s helicopter that could, soars over Mars," 19 Apr. 2021 Instead of going home, Bochenski and her teammates suddenly found themselves on a weeklong excursion through a mysterious country mostly hidden from Westerners since just after World War II. Tim Dahlberg, Star Tribune, "Column: Ping Pong Diplomacy resonates a half century later," 5 Apr. 2021 There were just two outdoor shows on the band’s 1972 excursion and one of them was at the Akron Rubber Bowl with Stevie Wonder as the opening act. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, "The Rolling Stones’ legendary 1972 American Tour: The epitome of sex, drugs and rock & roll," 16 Feb. 2021 But our dog will love it here, with four acres to explore, and inn owners who can point you to all the dog-friendly spots on the Cape (even a whale-watching excursion that welcomes dogs)! Pamela Wright, BostonGlobe.com, "Pet-friendly places to stay in New England," 27 Jan. 2021 Home viewers are more likely to be distracted and also may judge the movie more harshly than those who package it with a fun social excursion. Washington Post, "‘Wonder Woman 1984’ did fine in theaters, despite being available on HBO Max," 28 Dec. 2020

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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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16 May 2021

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“Excursion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excursion. Accessed 18 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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