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ˈtu̇r How to pronounce tour (audio)
sense 2 is also
ˈtau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce tour (audio)
: a journey for business, pleasure, or education often involving a series of stops and ending at the starting point
also : something resembling such a tour
a tour of the history of philosophy
: a series of professional tournaments (as in golf or tennis)
: a brief turn : round
: a period during which an individual or unit is on a specific duty or at one place
a tour of duty
: one's turn in an orderly schedule : shift


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toured; touring; tours

transitive verb

: to make a tour of
: to present (something, such as a theatrical production) on a tour

intransitive verb

: to make a tour

Examples of tour in a Sentence

Noun We went on a tour of Italy. They went on a driving tour of New England. They went on a tour of the city. We were taken on a tour of the school. We went on a guided tour of the museum. They gave us a tour of their new house. during his tour in Vietnam He served a tour of duty in Germany. Verb We'll tour the museum tomorrow. We toured around for several weeks last summer. “Are you here to study?” “No, I'm just touring.” Is the band touring this year? The show has toured the country.
Recent Examples on the Web
But what better way to unwind than an exclusive tour of La Vallée Village, the prestigious shopping locale known for its unique blend of luxury, art, and culture? Fairchild Studio, WWD, 15 June 2024 And Jones may not be welcome at some venues: He had been listed as a guest on the Milwaukee stop on Tucker Carlson’s live tour but was recently dropped from the lineup without explanation. Jon Passantino, CNN, 14 June 2024
Entrepreneur Reid Hoffman hosted a dinner in 2016 for a group of Bay Area intellectuals and Raimondo, who was touring Silicon Valley at the time. Will Henshall, TIME, 6 June 2024 Mountbatten was close to Elizabeth's dad, King George VI, and engineered the first meeting between then-princess and Philip when the British royal family toured the Royal Naval College in 1939. Kelsie Gibson, Peoplemag, 5 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for tour 

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Word History



Middle English, from Anglo-French tur, tourn turning, circuit, journey — more at turn

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2b


1708, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of tour was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Tour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
ˈtu̇(ə)r How to pronounce tour (audio)
sense 1 is also
ˈtau̇(ə)r How to pronounce tour (audio)
: one's turn in a schedule
: a period of time during which one is on duty or in a certain place
: a trip usually ending at the point of beginning
a tour of the city
: a series of related sports events held regularly at varied locations
the golf tour


2 of 2 verb
: to make a tour of : travel as a tourist

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