tour

1 of 2

noun

ˈtu̇r How to pronounce tour (audio)
sense 2 is also
ˈtau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce tour (audio)
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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

tour

2 of 2

verb

toured; touring; tours

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

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex participated in a video tribute for longtime friend Elton John, who is retiring from music following his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour. Rosa Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 21 Nov. 2022 At Sunday’s performance of the North American leg of his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, John was joined by collaborators Dua Lipa, Brandi Carlile and Kiki Dee. Los Angeles Times, 21 Nov. 2022 In her multiple acceptance speeches on Sunday, Swift did not mention the glitches that disrupted Ticketmaster’s sales for her upcoming tour last week, prompting the company to apologize to her late on Friday. Reuters, NBC News, 21 Nov. 2022 Billed as his final trek, Elton began his tour in 2018 before illness and the pandemic intervened in 2020. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 21 Nov. 2022 The actor kicked off her sheer dress tour in a hot pink tulle Valentino gown at the fashion house's Haute Couture show at Milan Fashion Week in July. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 20 Nov. 2022 The rock legend holds court at Chavez Ravine in the final stop on his last-ever North American tour. cleveland, 20 Nov. 2022 In Causeway, Lawrence plays a U.S. soldier who struggles to re-acclimate to life at home in New Orleans after suffering a traumatic brain injury during her tour in Afghanistan. Glenn Garner, Peoplemag, 20 Nov. 2022 There were a few times Saturday when Toosii mentioned that this wasn’t his tour. Journal Sentinel, 20 Nov. 2022
Verb
Pedestrians jaywalked across Hollywood Boulevard, and tour buses lulled to a slow roll to do the same. Los Angeles Times, 14 Nov. 2022 It was captured by a group of northern lights tour runners known as Greenlander Tromsø. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 8 Nov. 2022 Recorded in a single session on their last day in the studio, the song's arresting opening line was inspired by an incident during the band's US tour the previous year. Jordan Runtagh, Peoplemag, 31 Oct. 2022 Their visit included a media luncheon and sales calls to travel agencies and tour operators. Doug Gollan, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2022 Here are a few highlights (with thanks to tour leader Nancy Sepulveda, who resides in a historic house in Sanford). Joy Wallace Dickinson, Orlando Sentinel, 2 Oct. 2022 Dev Motwani tour Fort Lauderdale Beach at Breakers Avenue between Riomar Street and Vistamar Street, which could receive infrastructure money to improve lighting and provide underground sewage and water utility improvements. Anthony Man, Sun Sentinel, 30 Sep. 2022 Believe the rumors about 'Don't Worry Darling' What to order at this popular Taiwanese boba tea shop Nostalgia tour? Ed Masley, The Arizona Republic, 19 Sep. 2022 The Pearl Jam tour heads to Camden, New Jersey on Wednesday, and hits arenas in Nashville, Tennessee Louisville, Kentucky, St. Louis, Missouri, and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma before wrapping up September 22 in Denver, Colorado. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 12 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tour. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

tour 1 of 2

noun

ˈtu̇(ə)r How to pronounce tour (audio)
sense 1 is also
ˈtau̇(ə)r How to pronounce tour (audio)
1
a
: one's turn in a schedule
b
: a period of time during which one is on duty or in a certain place
2
: a trip usually ending at the point of beginning
a tour of the city
3
: a series of related sports events held regularly at varied locations
the golf tour

tour

2 of 2

verb

: to make a tour of : travel as a tourist

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