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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Way better than your school field trips: On Saturday, Aug. 10, Trillium Brewing Company hosts a suburban excursion to their future Canton headquarters (100 Royall St.) for a massive beer fest. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Trillium to host beer fest in Canton," 1 Aug. 2019 Hikers and backpackers can make the 11-mile round-trip excursion from the Whitewater Trailhead, located 70 miles east of Salem. oregonlive.com, "Popular Mount Jefferson hiking trail reopened 2 years after fire," 1 Aug. 2019 Guests can enjoy glacial lake excursions aboard personal watercraft, skis, or even a floating trampoline. Candice Yacono, Orange County Register, "Where is paradise? Right near Missoula, Montana," 29 July 2019 Brown’s excursion started just as the sun was rising and was captured by the team’s Web site Raiders.com. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Antonio Brown’s big day — Raider arrives in balloon, goes on injured list," 26 July 2019 Whether Bale would welcome a Chinese excursion is another story entirely. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "Transfer Rumors: Latest on Gareth Bale, Neymar, Paul Pogba and More," 23 July 2019 While members of the basketball team spend most of the summer in the gym and the weight room, the Cards' latest off-campus excursion included a chance to aim some friendly fire at each other. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball recently ditched its regular offseason workouts for ... paintball," 23 July 2019 Local tour companies contracted to provide excursions for the boats' passengers also cancelled scheduled onshore activities, including kayak and ATV adventures. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "More cruise ships bypass San Juan, hurting local businesses," 22 July 2019 This is mostly a retro kind of downtown entertainment blending the European circus, Weimar cabaret, Parisian burlesque and a few excursions into vaudeville. chicagotribune.com, "The top 8 recommended Chicago shows to see now," 21 July 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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