\ 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

hitch, stint, tenure, term

Synonyms: Verb

journey, peregrinate, pilgrimage, travel, trek, trip, voyage

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Examples of tour in a Sentence


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.


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

Plus, get an exclusive peek inside Brynn’s tour bus, and meet the newest addition to the crew out on the road with her—get ready for cuteness overload! Erika Trombley, Seventeen, "Winner of "The Voice" Brynn Cartelli Dishes On What It's Like to Be On Tour with Kelly Clarkson," 25 Mar. 2019 In the past few weeks, the couple has struggled with cheating rumors and Scott's intensive tour schedule, which takes him away from Kylie and Stormi. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Kylie Jenner's Sheer T-Shirt Dress Is Just $35 and Still Available," 20 Mar. 2019 On March 16, 1991, Reba unexpectedly lost seven of her bandmates and her tour manager in a plane crash while promoting her Rumor Has It album. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Reba McEntire Honors Late Band Members Who Died in a Tragic Plane Crash 28 Years Ago," 18 Mar. 2019 But consider the following: Brown + Hudson, a tour operator that goes to extraordinary degrees to arrange entirely bespoke trips, layered with top-notch experiences. Melinda Stevens, Condé Nast Traveler, "Editor's Letter: The Hotels, Islands, and Cruises to Watch in 2019," 18 Dec. 2018 The tour company, MariCar, has quite the backstory. Alex Ward, Vox, "What I learned go-karting around Tokyo dressed as Spider-Man," 12 Dec. 2018 It was rumoured that both were invited but could not attend due to tour schedules in the United States. Fox News, "George and Amal Clooney join the list of A-list royal wedding no-shows," 12 Oct. 2018 Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were just in New Zealand in October, during their royal tour of the Pacific. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton, Prince William, Meghan Markle, and Prince Harry Respond to the Tragic Shootings in New Zealand," 15 Mar. 2019 But none of the FedEx folks leading our tour even yawns. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Inside FedEx’s Christmas Miracle," 19 Dec. 2018

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That revival became a smash hit that is still running in New York over two decades later and has spawned numerous touring companies. Christopher Arnott,, "'Chicago' Stops For Three Days At Shubert," 18 May 2018 Wildlife-lovers can also make arrangements to tour the Turtle Conservancy and meet some charming tortoises and turtles. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Memorial Day Getaways That Squeeze the Most Out of Your Day Off," 15 May 2018 The Roots is a three-time Grammy-winning band from Philadelphia that has been actively touring since 1987. Conner Mitchell, kansascity, "KCK's Janelle Monáe coming to Starlight Theatre as part of new citywide arts fest," 9 July 2018 June 25 was officially Wisconsin Cheese Day, a day when state officials toured several cheese companies. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Need an easy slam-dunk for a potluck? Try marinated cheese," 4 July 2018 Hats were again food for thought later that morning when the whole family, chaperoned by a guide arranged by the boat, toured the Doge’s Palace, one of Venice’s most historic buildings. Oddur Thorisson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Traveling in Venice With Kids," 21 June 2018 The pair first met eight years earlier when her family toured the Royal Naval College in Dartmouth and afterwards began exchanging letters. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Prince Louis's Christening Date Has a Special Meaning to the Royal Family," 20 June 2018 For the past several weeks, Taggart has toured 13 cities throughout the state to introduce himself to the public. Shandel Richardson,, "New FSU football coach Willie Taggart wants strong recruiting and fan base in South Florida," 18 June 2018 This is not the first time these two acts have toured together. Ed Masley, azcentral, "Summer concerts in Phoenix: Eagles, Post Malone, Logic, Panic! at the Disco, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa," 15 June 2018

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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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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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