\ ˈtu̇r How to pronounce tour (audio) , sense 2 is also ˈtau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce tour (audio) \

Definition of tour

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
b : a series of professional tournaments (as in golf or tennis)
c : a brief turn : round
2a : a period during which an individual or unit is on a specific duty or at one place a tour of duty
b : one's turn in an orderly schedule : shift


toured; touring; tours

Definition of tour (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

intransitive verb

: to make a tour

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Synonyms for tour

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During a tour of the brewery with Hellendrung, head brewer Lee Lord, and operations and production manager Tony Barber, stacks of kegs sat in the loading dock area waiting to be filled., "Narragansett is opening a brewery in Providence. Yes, the public will be able to grab a pint," 7 May 2021 During the tour Biden praised employees and the CEO for their work in the electric vehicle space. Kristen Holmes, CNN, "Biden touts electric car company potentially worth millions for his energy secretary," 6 May 2021 The music doc will follow the singer during her record-breaking 2019 Beautiful Trauma world tour, following her around the globe and giving audiences a behind-the-scenes peek at her life on the road. Rachel Yang,, "Pink to receive Icon Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards: 'A true 'pinch me' moment'," 4 May 2021 Smugglers operating a boat can get from Tijuana to San Diego by water in seven minutes, the Washington Examiner reported during a maritime tour of the area with CBP agents in 2019. Anna Giaritelli, Washington Examiner, "Three dead and 27 rescued after suspected smuggling boat overturns off San Diego coast," 2 May 2021 Each of the 25 men who died with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment during the tour that ended this month was honored Friday at Camp Pendleton by a Marine who knew him best. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: ‘Darkhorse’ Marines honored fallen brothers 10 years ago," 30 Apr. 2021 In the early 1970s, though, Mr. Lambrinos had a vocal setback when, as a prank, a colleague during a tour pushed him in a swimming pool, causing in him a severe allergic reaction to chlorine, Ms. Neill said in a phone interview. New York Times, "Theodore Lambrinos, Baritone With a Zest for the Road, Dies at 85," 27 Apr. 2021 In that post, Blake shared a throwback picture of Gigi, herself, and Ryan all hanging out together at a concert during Taylor Swift's Reputation tour in 2018. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Blake Lively Trolls Ryan Reynolds in Her Birthday Post for Gigi Hadid," 25 Apr. 2021 At one point during the tour, Cooper said that North Carolina had vaccinated more than 70% of people 65 and older. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Crowd record, ‘secret prom,’ demand drop: News from around our 50 states," 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Visitors were then allowed to tour the gutted house. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Renovation begins on new history center near Zion," 9 May 2021 It’s actually 15 feet longer and 8 feet wider than the original, but this is so people can tour it. Tandra Smith |, al, "‘We’re always on the move’: Replica of Christopher Columbus’ ship docks in south Alabama," 6 May 2021 On Thursday, when a small group of journalists were allowed to tour the Donna tents, the facility was holding about 800 migrants, including 330 unaccompanied children — an 80% drop, according to Brian Hastings, the Border Patrol chief. Camilo Montoya-galvez, CBS News, "Overcrowding reduced at largest border facility for migrant children, but challenges remain," 6 May 2021 Only Allman agents heard about those available homes, so only buyers working with Allie Beth Allman & Associates could line up to tour them, said the spokesperson. Dallas News, "Firm sells homes not found through online searches," 4 Apr. 2021 That said, the couple still plans to leave LA for a quieter lifestyle and escape the celebrity map listings and tour buses. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, "Twice KISS’d: Gene Simmons Just Relisted His Beverly Hills Mansion for $25 Million," 1 Apr. 2021 Welch said attorneys were allowed to enter an area designated for lawyers, but they weren't allowed to tour areas where children are being housed. Rosa Flores, CNN, "Kids detained at US-Mexico border haven't been able to shower for days or call their parents, lawyers say," 13 Mar. 2021 With the road closed to cars and tour buses, and people eager to get out of their homes for exercise, Twin Peaks became a destination for bike riders and pedestrians. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, "Twin Peaks compromise: Car-free access to remain on one route," 2 Mar. 2021 Even tour buses and limos ferry people through the area. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Fairview Park’s Seabury neighborhood helps others with annual holiday lights display: A Place in the Sun," 15 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of tour


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


1708, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for tour


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

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

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15 May 2021

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“Tour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tour

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a journey through the different parts of a country, region, etc.
: an activity in which you go through a place (such as a building or city) in order to see and learn about the different parts of it
: a series of related performances, appearances, competitions, etc., that occur at different places over a period of time



English Language Learners Definition of tour (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a journey or trip through an area or place : to make a tour of (something)
: to travel from place to place to perform, give speeches, etc.


\ ˈtu̇r How to pronounce tour (audio) \

Kids Definition of tour

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a trip usually involving a series of stops and ending at the point where it started a tour of the city
2 : a fixed period of duty


toured; touring

Kids Definition of tour (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a tour of : travel as a tourist

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