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 This week brings the third installment in our grand tour of tortillerías in San Antonio with a focus on downtown and the South Side. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio's best tortillas: The 5 best tortillerías downtown and on the South Side," 21 Apr. 2021 After serving as Givenchy’s design director, Chiapponi was on a grand tour of Italian fashion’s biggest names, holding top jobs at Gucci, Valentino, Miu Miu and Bottega Veneta before Della Valle came calling. Kareem Rashed, Robb Report, "Walter Chiapponi, Tod’s New Creative Director, Is Bringing the Brand’s Light Touch to the Whole Wardrobe," 27 Mar. 2021 Michel de Montaigne, arriving there on his grand tour in 1580, described Ippolito’s water organ with its toothed barrel arranging the melody. Jessica Riskin, The New York Review of Books, "When Engineers Were Humanists," 23 Feb. 2021 After the grand tour, the spacecraft just kept going. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Sun Is Disturbing the Quiet of Interstellar Space," 4 Dec. 2020 For the emperor’s third visit in 128, Hadrian was accompanied on his grand tour by his lover, Antinous, then in his late teens, and renowned for his beauty. History Magazine, "This Roman emperor spared no expense on his passion for all things Greek," 3 Dec. 2020 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

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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 10 May. 2021.

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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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