\ 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

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

The tour was salvaged by a visit to their mecca, Chess Studios at 2120 S. Michigan Ave. Greg Kot,, "The Rolling Stones just can't shake the Chicago blues," 13 June 2019 Beautiful State, hope to be back soon to mow here again in TN — Rodney Smith Jr (@iamrodneysmith) June 8, 2019 This current tour started May 5. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "He has mowed lawns for free in all 50 states five times. This time it was for veterans.," 12 June 2019 The tour is led by guides from the G Adventures–supported Oodles of Noodles program, which trains local youth in the culinary arts. National Geographic, "Southeast Asia Family Journey: Vietnam to Cambodia," 12 June 2019 Meet notables including Yung Wing, Ira Dimock, Morgan Brainard and more, on this walking tour of the historic cemetery., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 10 June 2019 Williams, 37, reached the Wimbledon and United States Open finals last year after returning to the tour. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "While the Women’s Game Is in Upheaval, the Big 3 Men Still Dominate," 10 June 2019 Most people who take the public tours end up enrolling, Shreves said. Stephanie Innes,, "Arizona is a hotbed for the cadaver industry, and potential donors have plenty of options," 10 June 2019 The tours are free and available, first come, first served., "It’s the Rose Festival’s big day: Grand Floral Parade route, traffic and more," 8 June 2019 Get an earful of the Vista Kicks below: Vista Kicks is one of a number of acts chosen to open for the Stones on this tour. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Rolling Stones pick Northern California act to open Levi’s Stadium show," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Bits of hearth, home and creature comforts to take edge off the touring life. Vance Muse, Houston Chronicle, "Houston socialite Lynn Wyatt recalls her times hanging out with friend Elton John," 14 June 2019 The touring company includes several Vietnamese performers, who serve as language and culture consultants. Terry Byrne,, "A New Englander immerses herself in the world of ‘Miss Saigon’," 12 June 2019 Discussed in this essay: The Films of Abbas Kiarostami, a nationally touring retrospective. Max Nelson, Harper's magazine, "The All-Seeing Eye," 10 June 2019 The Purple Fiddle, in the town of Thomas, attracts some of the best touring bluegrass musicians in the country. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Best Road Trips in North America," 10 June 2019 The touring museum will head next to Chicago as the White Sox host the Yankees in a four-game series, Thursday, June 13, through Sunday, June 16. Marc Bona,, "Louisville Slugger bat-making demo, exhibit stops at Progressive Field (video)," 9 June 2019 The National and The Decemberists -- has left Paradigm to join CAA's music touring department. Madeleine Fernando, Billboard, "Executive Turntable: Moves at SoundCloud, Alamo Records, BBR Music Group & More," 7 June 2019 Amanda Seales, an ex-touring member of English R&B outfit Floetry, is officially on the stand-up comedy circuit. Nick Vadala,, "Need a laugh? These comedians will give you all the giggles on stages in Philadelphia, Atlantic City and beyond," 5 June 2019 Bundled together, Bridgestone calls these noise-reducing features QuietTrack, and on March 31 rolled them out (sorry) on the latest iteration of its Turanza touring tire. Nick Stockton, WIRED, "Bridgestone's New Tire Makes Driving Electric as Quiet as It Should Be," 5 June 2019

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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.


\ 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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incapable of being surmounted or overcome

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