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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 His mother, Victoria Scott-Miller, arranged an excursion to a local store in Raleigh, N.C., to do market research befitting a curious and determined elementary-schooler. Washington Post, "Their son wanted to see more Black book characters, so they created a business to provide them," 3 Sep. 2020 One Alabama fishing crew was surprised to see a cat in their nets during a recent fishing excursion. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "Fishing Crew Nabs a Surprising 'Catch of the Day' When They Save a Tiny Cat Stuck in Open Ocean," 4 Aug. 2020 Cruise fares start at $3,999 per person and include a complimentary shore excursion at each port, like the Vicksburg National Military Park or the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, "Viking Finally Revealed the Itinerary of Its First-ever Holiday-themed Mississippi River Cruise," 1 Oct. 2020 Below, the best places to rent camping gear for your next excursion. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Rent Camping Gear," 23 Sep. 2020 Princess Beatrice and her new husband, Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi, were spotted on a post-honeymoon excursion. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Beatrice Indulged in a Post-Honeymoon Shopping Trip with Her Husband," 10 Sep. 2020 Find the right body sunscreen in time for your next outdoor excursion with this buying guide. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best body sunscreen," 9 Sep. 2020 The excursion — driving and all — took roughly 24 hours. oregonlive, "Backpacking the spectacular Salmon River Trail: Peak Northwest (video)," 4 Sep. 2020 The most popular cruise is the three-hour island excursion (offered from March to October), which anchors at Bird Island, where passengers can float or snorkel for a while. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al, "Have you seen this floating tiki hut in Orange Beach?," 2 Sep. 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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18 Oct 2020

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“Excursion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excursion. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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