\ 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

Knowing that the King was too ill to travel, Elizabeth set off on the Commonwealth tour with her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh (who became Prince Philip in 1957). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Heartbreaking Way Queen Elizabeth II Learned About the Death of Her Father, King George VI," 1 Feb. 2019 Part of working one-on-one with a dietitian often involves going on a grocery store tour with your RD to learn helpful strategies and skills for buying groceries that will be the building blocks of delicious and nutritious snacks and meals. Abby Langer, SELF, "I'm an R.D. and I'm Really Great at Grocery Shopping—Steal My Tips," 31 Jan. 2019 When not on tour with either leader or sideman work, Mr. Ward hosts a jam session at the Hungry Brain, a club not far from Whistler, cementing his role in the Chicago music scene. Martin Johnson, WSJ, "‘Stomping Off From Greenwood’ by Greg Ward Review," 17 Jan. 2019 But in real life, Shirley had previously traveled throughout the country before embarking on his tour with Tony, and would almost certainly have known all about the Green Book. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Green Book builds a feel-good comedy atop an artifact of shameful segregation. Yikes.," 7 Jan. 2019 For your next concert, rep Ari herself in an oversized sweatshirt from the tour with bare legs and a major of major boots. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Super-Hot Outfits Perfect for Your Next Concert," 28 Dec. 2018 Seaduced offers private or semi-private rides for couples or groups, including tours with a picnic lunch or a sunset dinner prepared to your specifications by the on-board chef. Kaitlin Menza, Town & Country, "The Best Things to Do, Eat, and See in Barbados," 15 Nov. 2018 Further Reading Study: Tetris is a great distraction for easing an anxious mind Enhance Games' recent Tetris press tour included stories about the series' hypnotic effect on the human brain, whether via anecdotes or formal research. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Tetris Effect review: The puzzle game of my dreams—literally," 9 Nov. 2018 My turquoise guitar on the wall was given to me when on tour with Miranda Lambert. Megan Stein, Country Living, "'The Voice' Star RaeLynn Has a Piece of Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton in Her Home," 4 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Since then, Shawn did a festival tour and also toured with Jingle Ball. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Shawn Mendes Just Revealed What Songs He'll Be Performing For The First Time on His Tour," 8 Jan. 2019 Getty ImagesMax Mumby/Indigo Polished in navy and pink, Kate tours the National Football Stadium in Manchester in 2016. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "How Kate Middleton's Love for Plaid Grew Over a Decade," 7 Dec. 2018 Earlier today, the couple toured the picture gallery with the Queen, Prince Charles, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Is Covered in Jewels for a State Dinner at Buckingham Palace," 23 Oct. 2018 Queen Elizabeth toured the new spaces, but more artful surprises were to follow. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth Just Unveiled a New Portrait in Honor of the Royal Air Force's 100th Anniversary," 17 Oct. 2018 With his girlfriend Grimes (aka Claire Elise Boucher) and five of his young sons in tow, the SpaceX CEO toured some of the teams’ booths, inspecting the various pods and cracking jokes with the students. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "WARR Hyperloop pod hits 284 mph to win SpaceX competition," 23 July 2018 Since then, he’s toured the world and experienced many an up and down, bouncing back in 2016 to win two Blues Music Awards., "The week ahead: music, theater, art, and more," 13 July 2018 The pair toured the hospital grounds before joining a small group of elementary schoolchildren and veterans in making red paper poppies, a national symbol for remembering and honoring those fallen in war. Washington Post, "Melania Trump dutifully tries her hand at lawn bowls," 13 July 2018 Dallas officials toured the company’s Nevada test site earlier this year. Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle, "Hyperloop's first step bypasses Houston," 11 July 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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