\ 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 Athletic fields and volleyball courts are closed, as are concession operations including sightseeing tours, food and beverage kiosks, retail and souvenir stores and Tidal Basin paddle boats. Curtis Tate, USA TODAY, "Which American landmarks are about to reopen, and what remains closed due to coronavirus," 14 May 2020 Recent tours hyped as the last chance to see those aging superstars may now turn out to be truer than originally intended. NBC News, "COVID-19 strikes discordant note for music industry, but artists find a way to persevere," 10 May 2020 Brewery tours, a second place where breweries tell their stories, are probably a thing of the past, at least for the foreseeable future. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Whatever it takes': Milwaukee taprooms are looking for ways to reopen smartly, and safely," 8 May 2020 Dozens of public events were scheduled, including walking tours, opera performances, party cruises and parades. John Follain,, "Venice Carnival Ends Early as Italy Virus Outbreak Spooks Europe," 7 May 2020 Awaiting masked media types to assemble at the start of a tour, Churchill spokesman Darren Rogers paused to call attention to the strange silence pervading the premises. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Despite coronavirus-related uncertainties, officials say a 2020 Kentucky Derby remains definite," 2 May 2020 The tour guides have been redeployed by their employer, Bath and North East Somerset Council, to administer emergency grants for local traders. The Economist, "Local government Councils’ outgoings are rocketing and revenues collapsing," 2 May 2020 She and Barry launched a book tour, traveling across America in a van to give speeches and lead 69 group hikes. Emily Shiffer,, "After Weeks of Symptoms Like Constant Fatigue and Thirst, This Woman Learned She Had Type 2 Diabetes," 30 Apr. 2020 Named after her released in 2018, the events on camera are an intimate portrayal of Michelle on her 34-city book tour, meeting and sharing stories with communities across the country. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Michelle Obama Is Getting Her Own Netflix Documentary," 27 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After touring with McPherson, I was scheduled to play NON-COMMvention which, like everything else, has now been cancelled. Michaela Anne,, "I Lost My Tour, My Income & My Friend To Coronavirus. I Don’t Know What’s Next.," 21 Apr. 2020 More than 70 cars and a few floats toured around the hospital campus with riders waving and cheering for the workers. Joshua Gunter, cleveland, "Hospital employees from Southwest General honored with parade to salute their work during coronavirus crisis (photos)," 16 Apr. 2020 Smith recorded her first record in 1920 for Okeh Records and continued making popular recordings for the label throughout the '20s, touring the United States and Europe with her band, Mamie Smith & Her Jazz Hounds. Luann Gibbs,, "Top 20 most successful musicians from Cincinnati: 10-1," 9 Apr. 2020 He's also spent years touring with blues legend Keb' Mo' and country superstars Rascal Flatts. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Coronavirus and the day the music died in Nashville," 22 Mar. 2020 The most recent, directed by stage veteran Bartlett Sher, ran on Broadway in 2015-16 and began touring in 2018. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit’s Top 10: Cool things to do this weekend and beyond, including St. Paddy's fun, Whitney Cummings, Monster Jam at Ford Field," 11 Mar. 2020 The group toured in various guises (live and DJ sets) and with various lineups until the mid-2000s. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "The Avalanches Return With Cosmic 'We Will Always Love You': Stream It Now," 20 Feb. 2020 Mary Dagg, Innis Dagg’s only daughter, who joined her mother for a 2015 trip back to South Africa—documented by Reid’s crew—is touring with the film’s entourage. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, "“Tenure Not Granted”: A new film honors a woman science forgot," 23 Jan. 2020 Since 2010, he's released a handful of albums and toured the country with musical icons, like Stevie Nicks and Heart. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "'AGT: The Champions' Fans Are “Done” With the Show After Michael Grimm Gets Eliminated," 21 Jan. 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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18 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Tour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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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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