tourist

noun
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

Synonyms

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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The first leg of the journey was a three-hour drive from Changlang, a district in the east, to the city of Maio, a tourist destination 100 kilometers (62 miles) away. Amrit Dhillon, The Seattle Times, "Poll workers journey to reach India’s most remote voters," 14 Apr. 2019 To name a few highlights, she's starred in her own HGTV show, launched a massive business that turned Waco, Texas into a major tourist destination, designed a home decor line with Target, and even wrote a design book. Alyssa Fiorentino, House Beautiful, "Joanna Gaines Has A Brilliant Secret For Getting Kids To Share A Bedroom," 26 Dec. 2018 In speeches on Facebook Live, Mr. Cobi has spoken out against the influx of ultra-Orthodox into Tiberias and promised to restore the city’s glory as a tourist destination. Dov Lieber, WSJ, "Ultra-Orthodox and Secular Jews Struggle Over an Israeli Tourist Town’s Identity," 24 Dec. 2018 Shalini never quite seems like more than an interloper, a tourist. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: Heaven Is Not at All What You Think," 25 Jan. 2019 Benli can point out unique features the average tourist would miss—like the tortured faces of devils swirled into the green marble at Hagia Sophia. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Now that’s space tourism! A decade ago, the idea of a private tourist riding a spaceplane launched from mid-air to the edge of space was revolutionary. Joe Pappalardo, Popular Mechanics, "The Virgin Galactic Hype Totally Misses the Point," 13 Dec. 2018 The last few weeks have been good for the Asian country and California rocket company, between this announcement and the Big Falcon Rocket space tourist. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX gets Moon launches, South Korean rocket, BE-4 wins," 28 Sep. 2018 If too much water is extracted, saltwater from the same sparkling seas that draw the tourists to Diani Beach could leak in, destroying the aquifer. Isaiah Esipisu, The Christian Science Monitor, "In sustainability search, Kenya studies the unknown depths of its aquifers," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of tourist

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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tourist

noun

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

tourist

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

Kids Definition of tourist

: a person who travels for pleasure

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