\ 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 Malcolm Jenkins, a 2009 first-round pick of the Saints, returned there for a second tour. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Pete Werner joins Ohio State football’s alumni club in New Orleans: ‘Being a Saint is everybody’s dream’," 1 May 2021 This two-part tour was full of exceptional beauty at every stop along the way. Kimberly Wilson, Travel + Leisure, "This Private Island Resort Has 7 Stunning Villas With Private Chefs, Personal Butlers, and More," 1 May 2021 The tour desk will be staffed during this phase of the reopening, but no tours will yet be offered. Laura Schulte, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "State Capitol, closed to the public for more than a year, to reopen to visitors Monday, but tours not yet available," 30 Apr. 2021 Countless stories depict the rock ’n’ roll tour as a pretty unwelcoming place for women. Los Angeles Times, "A man and his van: Dave Grohl on the romance and stank of life on the road," 30 Apr. 2021 The initial reopening will include the Navy Pier parking garages, Polk Bros Park, the North and South Docks, Pier Park, East End Plaza, tour boats and cruises, the new Sable hotel, and select restaurants at limited capacity. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Coronavirus in Illinois updates: Here’s what’s happening Friday with COVID-19 in the Chicago area," 30 Apr. 2021 The year was 1963 and Cherry was on a European tour playing trumpet with Rollins. Washington Post, "Don Cherry is a deserving giant of jazz. Now his wife, Moki, gets her due as his visionary collaborator.," 30 Apr. 2021 That first Operation Ivy tour had a big impact on the band’s sound. Aaron Carnes, Rolling Stone, "Operation Ivy’s ‘Energy’: Inside the Making of a Ska-Punk Classic," 30 Apr. 2021 After the talk and tour, the B club made a donation to Christopher’s Haven., "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 30 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The album cycle was fairly typical, according to Harv, the pop star’s music director/producer/co-writer/A&R: Face-to-face studio sessions with a handful of A-list artists, constant in-person collaborating and tour rehearsals. Ilana Kaplan, Rolling Stone, "Harv on the Bonds That Built Bieber’s ‘Justice’," 30 Apr. 2021 Putting an end to nearly a decade-old project, the city of Miramar recently unveiled its new Historical Miramar Public Safety Complex, 6920 SW 35th St., with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour on April 13. Brett Shweky,, "Miramar’s new public safety complex ready to open," 22 Apr. 2021 The Spring Valley Inn has never been mentioned in the same breath as The Troubadour in Los Angeles or The Marquee in London as a key musical incubator for young bands that went on to earn recording contracts and tour the world. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Beat Farmers, who rose from Spring Valley in 1983 to rock the world, celebrated on new/old double-album," 27 Mar. 2021 Moms-to-be can spend their days on the beach or tour the city's popular sights. Judy Koutsky, Travel + Leisure, "21 Babymoon Ideas for Every Type of Traveler," 6 Mar. 2021 Post-Emancipation, Black colleges had singing groups adept at performing spirituals tour the United States and Europe to raise funds for their endowments. New York Times, "Black Spirituals as Poetry and Resistance," 5 Mar. 2021 Responding to the grassroots uproar, the Moab City Council and Grand County Commission imposed a temporary moratorium on new UTV rental and tour businesses in October and lowered speed limits for off-highway vehicles. Zak Podmore, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Why noise from off-road vehicles is making life miserable in Moab," 25 Feb. 2021 Bennett continued to record and tour up until March 2020, when the coronavirus pandemic ended live musical performances. NBC News, "Family of legendary singer Tony Bennett opens up about his Alzheimer's diagnosis," 1 Feb. 2021 Our goal is to visit every local brewery at some point, talk to the owner or brewer, and tour the place. Marc Bona, cleveland, "2020’s biggest beer stories in Northeast Ohio," 28 Dec. 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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3 May 2021

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“Tour.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 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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