\ˈtu̇r, sense 2 is also ˈtau̇(-ə)r \

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

This hometown performance in Roxbury’s Dudley Square kicks off a six-city tour., "The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more," 13 July 2018 Sleep under the stars at Capitol Reef National Park’s Fruita Campground ($20) and take a night-sky tour from visiting astronomers within the park. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "These Are the Best Stargazing Spots in North America," 13 July 2018 Blues Traveler has started its summer run and has a fall tour to celebrate the album kicking off Oct. 12 in Montclair. Gary Graff, Billboard, "Blues Traveler Shares 'Accelerated Nation' Lyric Video From Upcoming Album: Premiere," 13 July 2018 It was featured in a public tour for the first time on July 5, and the committee plans to invite the public back to see the temple and Hopffgarten’s work every first Thursday for the foreseeable future. Maria L. La Ganga, idahostatesman, "What’s behind ’60s-era paneling at El Korah Shrine? A ballroom’s worth of ’20s art.," 12 July 2018 Daniels planned to be in Columbus Wednesday and Thursday as part of a nationwide tour, Avenatti said. Author: Samantha Schmidt, Anchorage Daily News, "Stormy Daniels arrested at an Ohio strip club for touching patrons, police say," 12 July 2018 Video from inside the Border Patrol's controversial processing center in McAllen, Texas, during a media tour on June 17. Ian Duncan,, "At least one of the youngest migrant children sent to Maryland will be reunited with family by court deadline," 10 July 2018 The news comes after Craig Dawson and Ben Foster were both fined last month for failing to report to a pre-season tour to Portugal, and Foster was later sold to Watford., "West Brom Star Faces 'Internal Disciplinary Proceedings' After Training Camp No-Show," 10 July 2018 The tour, like the other two, is eight days and seven nights. Phil Marty,, "Adventures in vegan eating, a Canadian bucket list and more," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

After touring a center, White said biblical scriptures about the immigration status of Jesus come to mind. Eugene Scott, Washington Post, "Trump allies keep using the Bible in the immigration debate," 12 July 2018 Erica Turer is a freelance touring merchandise manager, and this summer her gig is the Warped Tour. Chris Varias,, "10 not-to-miss bands at final Vans Warped Tour," 11 July 2018 With that, Clinton, who just had pacemaker surgery, announced his retirement from touring in 2019. Steve Krakow, Chicago Reader, "Before retiring from the road, George Clinton brings the funk to Chicago one more time," 5 July 2018 Alumnus: Saxophonist Jeff Coffin in 2017 released Next Time Yellow, his 12th solo album, ahead of touring this summer as a member of the Dave Matthews Band. Thom Duffy, Billboard, "Bonnaroo U? Billboard's 2018 Top Music Business Schools," 29 June 2018 After touring with a band in 2000, I was broke and answered an ad for a job at Savoir. Perry Garfinkel, New York Times, "The Art of Making a Bespoke Mattress," 29 June 2018 Can't Leave Home Without A breezy dress in nautical colors, espadrilles and chic sunnies take you from touring the town to dinner along the water. Lauren Sheffield, Harper's BAZAAR, "This East Coast Getaway Is the Perfect Alternative to The Hamptons," 26 June 2018 Taylor was inspired to get involved with the camp after touring Memorial Sloan Kettering’s pediatric cancer ward in New York City. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "A Summer Camp for Kids With Cancer Got a Fashionable Makeover," 20 June 2018 Country music duo Dan + Shay took a break from touring with Rascal Flatts to make their CMA Fest debut on Thursday, June 8 with a performance in Nissan Stadium. Madison Roberts,, "Inside Dan + Shay's Stadium Stage CMA Fest Debut: All the Details!," 19 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.


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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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