grand tour

noun

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 Young European noblemen had always taken a grand tour, but in the 19th century, frequent, pleasure-seeking travel became a fixture for the upper classes, newly able to gallivant by steam train or cruise liner. The Editors, Robb Report, 28 Mar. 2024 That includes traveling with him on a grand tour of Mercer’s global locations, holding weekly two-hour meetings on a wide range of topics, and letting Tomlinson own all the long-term decisions so they’re aligned with his vision. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2024 That’s why Secretary of State Antony Blinken has set out on a grand tour of American allies in the Middle East with a portfolio of interlocking diplomatic proposals. Hussein Ibish, The Atlantic, 8 Feb. 2024 When the Clipper guard’s grand tour continued in July in Greece, the trip was as much about his vocation as vacation. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 3 Jan. 2024 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. Hazel Southwell, Ars Technica, 28 July 2023 The first authorized biography to encompass Acker’s life and work, McBride’s book offers a grand tour of an improbably vast artistic existence; a scrupulously researched and revealed account in which Acker retains an outsized, vibrant presence amid conflicting portraits of her life and person. Liz Sullivan, Hazlitt, 5 Dec. 2022 Planetary scientist Linda Spilker remembers the bittersweet moment: the sight of the eighth planet’s azure-colored atmosphere signaled the end of the mission’s solar system grand tour. Andrew Paul, Popular Science, 28 Sep. 2023 The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, 48, gave fans a grand tour inside her perfectly personalized home on the latest episode of NBC’s Open House — and fans of the Bravo show know exactly how much drama the massive home renovation caused. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1678, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of grand tour was in 1678

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“Grand tour.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/grand%20tour. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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