grand tour


Definition of grand tour

1 : an extended tour of the Continent that was formerly a usual part of the education of young British gentlemen
2 : an extensive and usually educational tour

Examples of grand tour in a Sentence

They offered to give us a grand tour of their new house.
Recent Examples on the Web Voyagers go into the great beyond Never before had a spacecraft visited four worlds in a single, grand tour as the two Voyager probes did in the 1970s and 1980s with Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "After an amazing decade in space, these are humanity’s top achievements," 27 Dec. 2019 Netflix made Spacey its unofficial spokesman, taking him on a prelaunch grand tour to declare that streaming was the future of television. Los Angeles Times, "Oversubscribed! Wasn’t cord-cutting supposed to streamline our lives?," 9 Oct. 2019 At Songbyrd, this slow-starting but ever-building epic ended the main set with a grand tour of Kim’s guitar technique. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "Say Sue Me shows another side of music from South Korea," 5 Dec. 2019 And ahead of the United States Grand Prix in Austin, the F1 duo enjoyed a grand tour of NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Anna Fletcher, CNN, "F1 duo starstruck by astronauts' 'mission for the good of humanity'," 5 Nov. 2019 The Chicago Griswolds win a grand tour and head for the Old World to soak up culture. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV for Oct. 6-12: ‘Throne of Blood’ and more," 4 Oct. 2019 Its grand tour came to an end on Oct. 4 but not before dazzling meteorologists with more twists and turns. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Hurricanes don’t ask for directions: a list of the weirdest storm paths," 27 Sep. 2019 The discussion in Rivers’ living room was a far different scene than the grand tour the Magic took their targets, including Tim Duncan, on in 2000. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, "Doc Rivers’ Magic lessons taught him how to deal with superstar players," 4 Aug. 2019 Another doorway connects to the moody vermilion bar, whose cocktail menu showcases a grand tour of vermouths, including an Athenian rouge that smells like a bowl of vanilla and roses. Fortune, "Review: Patience Is a Virtue Well-Rewarded at this New Orleans Hotel Bar," 14 July 2019

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First Known Use of grand tour

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Grand tour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of grand tour

: a journey to the different countries of Europe that in the past was part of the education of wealthy young people from Britain and the U.S.
: a tour that is given to show people around a place

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