\ 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, 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

Tour Viking warship replica in Geneva A Viking warship replica built in 1893 will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m. on several upcoming dates at Good Templar Park, 528 East Side Drive, Geneva. Michelle Mullins, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin News Digest," 13 July 2018 The lighthouse is open for tours on Saturdays and Sundays year-round. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "8 spectacular Lake Michigan lighthouses to visit in Wisconsin," 12 July 2018 Blenheim, which is open to the public for tours, is a country house in Oxfordshire, west of London. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Melania Trump stuns in sweeping Grecian-goddess J. Mendel gown for dinner at Churchill's palace," 12 July 2018 For a personalized tour of the piers or a cooking lesson on one of the trabocchi restaurants, book at Italia Sweet Italia. David Farley, WSJ, "Where to Feast on Italy’s Freshest Seafood? These Historic Piers," 10 July 2018 After being initially approved, then denied, for the tour, DeSaulnier wrote a letter to the Office of Refugee Resettlement requesting access, which he was granted Monday morning. Hamed Aleaziz,, "Rep. DeSaulnier tours East Bay facility holding children separated from parents," 10 July 2018 Meghan and Harry will head straight from the service to Dublin for a two-day tour. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "The Royal Couples Redefined Squad Goals at a Major Royal Air Force Event," 10 July 2018 The Independence landmark will be open for tours while one of the area’s top antique fairs takes place on the grounds. Dan Kelly, kansascity, "KC events July 12-18: ‘Mamma Mia,’ Comedy Get Down, Ginger Rogers Festival, Tony Rock," 10 July 2018 On Monday, county dignitaries gathered for a tour of the renovated facility, which opened to the community at 1911 27th St. on June 14. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "New county health center in Zion designed to meet 'the unmet needs of patients'," 9 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to a building professional who toured both buildings, the chocolate factory was in much better condition than 2122 Locust and could have been easily stabilized. Inga Saffron,, "A tale of two historic Philadelphia buildings: One rises from the ashes. The other falls to the wrecking ball.," 12 July 2018 The walk takes place in the apple orchard, and walkers are welcome to tour the 1 mile route and pick a free bag of Paula Red apples. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Breathe events: Eating right, feeling well and getting moving," 11 July 2018 When there were special guests visiting the school, Nunez-Hernandez was the student who toured them around the campus and was willing to pitch in wherever help was needed. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "13-year-old Tolleson boy killed in Goodyear crash wanted to be a neurosurgeon," 29 June 2018 The news of a teenager’s departure came as company officials sought to reassure members of Congress and the news media who had toured the center that the roughly 1,500 boys living there, aged 10 to 17, were well cared for and closely monitored. New York Times, "Teenager Is Missing After Walking Away From Migrant Children’s Center in Texas," 24 June 2018 The song was originally written and recorded by Teneal’s mother, Yvonne Jackson, who toured as a singer in the 1990s with Sanford blues legend Bob Greenlee. Trevor Fraser,, "CeCe Teneal and Soul Kamotion take a long journey to debut album," 8 June 2018 The Irish gelato shop combined the ingredients as a tribute to Ed Sheeran, who is touring in Dublin from Wednesday, May 16 to Saturday, May 19. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "New frozen treats enter the Houston market," 5 June 2018 Thursday was a special day on Long Island, as Mayor Martin J. Walsh toured Camp Harbor View and led a discussion with 16 trainees. J.d. Capelouto,, "At harbor island camp, teens train to be civic leaders," 13 July 2018 But after 24 years, the longest-running touring musical festival in the United States is making its final cross-country tour. Lizzie Stokes, San Antonio Express-News, "Vans Warped Tour stops in San Antonio for the final time," 5 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tour.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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