tour·​ist | \ ˈtu̇r-ist How to pronounce tourist (audio) \

Definition of tourist

1 : one that makes a tour for pleasure or culture

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Other Words from tourist

tourist adjective or adverb

Synonyms for tourist


excursionist, rubberneck, rubbernecker, sightseer, traveler (or traveller), tripper [chiefly British]

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Examples of tourist in a Sentence

The museums attract a lot of tourists. In the summer the town is filled with tourists. The tourists defeated the home side.
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Residents of Page do know, though, that many of those tourists come to see the same thing. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "Everyone wants to Instagram the world’s most beautiful canyon. Should they?," 11 July 2019 Fears of radiation have kept many away, but thousands of tourists still travel to the site every year. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Ukraine trying to lure more tourists to Chernobyl nuclear site," 11 July 2019 During the 1990s, the Chinese government implemented several new policies boosting a flow of tourists both in and out of the country during the 1990s. Suyin Haynes, Time, "Fights Over 'Authentic' Chinese Food Have a Long and Complicated History. Now They're Tearing the Culinary World Apart," 8 July 2019 The handful of tourists the city attracted — precious few after Preakness — seemed to be here because their car broke down between New York and Washington. Jacques Kelly,, "Jacques Kelly: Baltimore summers before the advent of air conditioning were just 'Too Darn Hot'," 6 July 2019 Tens of thousands of tourists flocked to cities and towns across northern Chile to stake out spots in one of the world's best locations to witness Tuesday's total solar eclipse. Fox News, "Solar Eclipse set to cut a path across South America, plunging parts of the continent into darkness," 3 July 2019 Family members of the tourists who died have called on authorities to investigate any possible connections. NBC News, "U.S. alcohol agency should investigate Dominican Republic deaths, top Democrat says," 30 June 2019 Meanwhile, Barcelona and Venice, two popular Carnival cruise destinations, are both trying to divert ships to more distant ports to regulate the flow of tourists and to reduce carbon emissions. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "Yellow Vests, Brexit and Cruise Backlash: Why Carnival Can't Catch a Break in Europe," 24 June 2019 Anyway, to them, even being suspected of murder beats the original plan for their vacation, which was to go on one of those package-tour bus trips with dozens of sweaty tourists. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Murder Mystery: An Old Comedy Genre Gets Polished Up," 24 June 2019

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First Known Use of tourist

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of tourist

: a person who travels to a place for pleasure
British : a member of a sports team that is playing a series of official games in a foreign country


tour·​ist | \ ˈtu̇r-ist How to pronounce tourist (audio) \

Kids Definition of tourist

: a person who travels for pleasure

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