\ 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 McLaughlin would spend 11 years in the service before leaving for the civilian life; Watkins served for 20, including tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. Christina Tkacik,, "Whiskey and sea stories: How the bonds between military veterans launched this Baltimore distillery," 8 Nov. 2019 Judi Weiss, the senior remote operations producer, gave a quick tour of the production between rain drops on the quad. Michael Casagrande |, al, "First look at new ESPN College GameDay location on Alabama’s quad," 7 Nov. 2019 The Eastman Philharmonia, a musical ensemble of around 80 students, was planning a concert tour of China when two of its members, of South Korean nationality, were denied visas. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 7 Nov. 2019 Not long after touching down Monday afternoon at Atlanta’s Harstfield-Jackson airport, a handful of players booked a tour of Tyler Perry’s sprawling 330-acre film studio near the heart of the city. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Spurs still searching for early-season sync," 6 Nov. 2019 Sullivan is the former executive director of the Pennsylvania Military Community Enhancement Commission and completed tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, the statement said. Janelle Griffith, NBC News, "Retired Air Force general charged with possession of child pornography in Pennsylvania," 6 Nov. 2019 In Siem Reap, Cambodia, Nat Geo’s Becky Davis took a tour of a silk factory to learn about handmade silk and production. George Stone, National Geographic, "Where can you see the stars?," 5 Nov. 2019 But in between, the group embarked on a Rainey Street food truck crawl in Austin, took a private tour of the Treaty Oaks whiskey distillery, and grabbed breakfast at Traveler favorite Geraldine's. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "SoulCycle Is Launching Trips With Black Tomato," 4 Nov. 2019 Discover new dishes and dining in northern Wisconsin Nov. 4-10. Savor food and drink specials for the entire week, and take a cocktail tour in Tomahawk, or dine at a lakefront supper club in Rhinelander, and find Swedish bakery in Three Lakes. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Big Water Film Festival, Taste of Oneida County and more to do around Wisconsin this week," 3 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The price includes a voucher to tour the Nathan Hale Homestead during regular operating hours, valid until Oct. 27., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 13 Sep. 2019 While Green Day won’t officially be touring the United States with Fall Out Boy and Weezer until July of next year, all three bands are putting on an intimate concert together at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles on Tuesday night. Marcus Jones,, "Green Day announce new song and album Father of All..., plus a tour with Weezer and Fall Out Boy," 10 Sep. 2019 The band averaged nearly one album release a year from 2004 to 2008 while touring extensively and exhaustingly. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, "After 16 years, the Hold Steady is changing the ‘business of being a band’," 29 Aug. 2019 Former British prime minister Theresa May busted out some awkward dance moves in South Africa, while Germany’s Angela Merkel toured Senegal and Ghana just days afterward. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Inside China’s growing presence in Africa," 29 Aug. 2019 Jerry continues to work on his Netflix show and tour the country performing standup. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Jerry Seinfeld's Wife Jessica Addresses the Controversial Way They Met," 19 July 2019 Last week, Republicans and Democrats on the committee sparred over the migrant crisis throughout a tense hearing, while Vice President Mike Pence and a group of Republican senators toured two Border Patrol facilities in Texas. Editors, USA TODAY, "British Open, Jeffrey Epstein case, San Diego Comic-Con: 5 things to know Thursday," 18 July 2019 For its return visit, the non-Actors’ Equity touring production features a youthful cast, many of whom are making their national touring debut., "‘Kinky Boots’ kicks up its musical heels at the Saenger," 15 June 2019 As Politico reports, Klobuchar is touring Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin, skipping right over Ohio in the process. Laura Hancock,, "Gun bills to get first Ohio legislative hearings after Dayton shooting: Capitol Letter," 17 Sep. 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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The first known use of tour was in the 14th century

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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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