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sight·​see·​ing ˈsīt-ˌsē-iŋ How to pronounce sightseeing (audio)
: the activity of visiting the famous or interesting places of an area : the act or pastime of seeing sights
We did a lot of sightseeing on our vacation.
We didn't go to the conference. We went sightseeing instead …Terry McMillan


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: devoted to or used for seeing sights

Examples of sightseeing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Cargos might be ultra-functional for sightseeing and exploring, but Jennifer Lopez wore hers while casually walking outside. Alyssa Grabinski, Peoplemag, 10 Sep. 2023 Bill Pinkney got his first taste of floating on water as a boy riding a sightseeing boat on the Chicago River. Bryan Marquard,, 9 Sep. 2023 The highlight of these travel-ready shoes lies in the memory foam insoles that boast all of the cushioning needed to feel light on your feet after a lengthy sightseeing tour. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 5 Sep. 2023 Members of the Coast Guard in Alaska rescued 18 people on board a sightseeing boat that ran aground Thursday near the Columbia Glacier in Prince William Sound. Zachariah Hughes, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Sep. 2023 Since the region is known for its seafood, grab lunch in an Old Town bistro before gearing up for an afternoon of sightseeing. Elly Leavitt, House Beautiful, 21 Aug. 2023 The suites offer travelers a spiffy home base right in the heart of West Hollywood, and the property’s dreamy rooftop pool is a perfect way to wind down after a day of sightseeing and celeb spotting. Kyler Alvord, Condé Nast Traveler, 11 Aug. 2023 The Hairspray actor posted an Instagram Reel on Wednesday that showed highlights from his summer vacation, including sightseeing, amusement parks and a bespoke 'Travolta World Airlines' itinerary. Jill Lupupa, Peoplemag, 27 July 2023 Made from 100 percent cotton, these stretchy, cozy pants are well-suited for everything from long-haul flights to a cool fall day of sightseeing. Merrell Readman, Travel + Leisure, 20 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1821, in the meaning defined above


1827, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sightseeing was in 1821

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Cite this Entry

“Sightseeing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: engaged in, devoted to, or used for seeing things and places of interest
a sightseeing bus
sightseeing noun

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