\ 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 Clapton is scheduled to kick off a tour of U.S. states with looser Covid mandates — Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia — on September 13th. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 9 Sep. 2021 On Wednesday, California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder made a scheduled tour of a homeless encampment in Venice, but nothing went as scheduled. Peter Suciu, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 To get guests deeper into the scenery, its expert team can arrange a number of immersive experiences, including a tour of subtropical gardens and a birding hike in nearby mountains. Peter Terzian, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2021 Bargatze, 42, who spent years toiling in front of single-digit crowds, had just kicked off the biggest headlining tour of his career. Tim Alberta, The Atlantic, 8 Sep. 2021 The founding member of Crystal Bridges, the decade-old museum in the foothills of Arkansas’s Ozark Mountains, is currently unavailable to give a tour because of a pre-existing laser appointment. Derek Blasberg, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2021 Partridge had paid for the family to take a scenic tour over the city in a small airplane. Michelle Rogers, USA TODAY, 7 Sep. 2021 The space in between provides this shameless social climber a whirlwind tour of all the fame, fortune and romance a modern city can offer. Peter Debruge, Variety, 6 Sep. 2021 To gain more exposure during the offseason, El-Wyche and Moore took a tour of SEC schools, along with a visit to Clemson among others. Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, 5 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Featured will be complimentary immersive showroom events, including a variety of representatives sharing the latest trends and products with drawings and giveaways, coffee barista, lunch truck and art galleries to tour. cleveland, 10 Sep. 2021 Vice President Kamala Harris travels to Hampton, Virginia, to tour the Center for Atmospheric Sciences at Hampton University at 11:30 a.m. Rick Klein, ABC News, 10 Sep. 2021 While the Gardners tour their new home in Provincetown, Harry (Wittrock) mentions that he's heard of mysterious deaths in the area, specifically a family of five who was found dead in their beds. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 29 Aug. 2021 For context, Blake is also trying to get fans to come out to see his Friends and Heroes tour this fall, which will feature Martina McBride, Lindsay Ell, Tracy Byrd and Trace Adkins. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 24 Aug. 2021 Riford said the BMW Championship will pump money into restaurants and hotels and, as a multiday event, afford visitors time to tour other attractions such as the National Aquarium or the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Halethorpe. Childs Walker,, 24 Aug. 2021 Rising pop-punk star Willow Smith and anti-pop phenom Billie Eilish are joining Gen Z forces next year for the latter’s Happier Than Ever tour. Los Angeles Times, 19 Aug. 2021 The family will keep the fleet together as the Carl Payne Collection, eventually to tour the car show circuit. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Aug. 2021 The Isley Brothers’ legacy is only growing with plans to tour announced for 2021 to 2022. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 18 Aug. 2021

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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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“Tour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 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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