tour·ist | \ˈtu̇r-ist \

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

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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Other destinations in Mexico, once assumed to be wholly safe for tourists, have been the subject of warnings in recent months. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "American tourist killed by stray bullet in Mexico City while celebrating first wedding anniversary," 10 July 2018 Two waves of heaving flooding Wednesday evening and Thursday morning forced 200 tourists to evacuate. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "Arizona floods force hundreds of tourists to evacuate, reschedule trip to famous tribal land," 14 July 2018 Foreign tourists along Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast are rooting for the team. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this World Cup final is like no other," 13 July 2018 Now, about a quarter of the customers at her store are tourists. Joel Shannon, ajc, "There are 3 Blockbuster stores left in the US; soon it will be 1," 13 July 2018 It’s now known for wineries, boutiques, galleries and organic farms that draw tourists from nearby ski resorts. Zack Colman, Scientific American, "A Trump Oil Boom Could Transform This Rocky Mountain Landscape," 13 July 2018 Now, about a quarter of the customers at her store are tourists. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Soon there will be only one Blockbuster video store left in the U.S.," 12 July 2018 Hill initially found a helping hand from local sports and tourist interests in locating the State Games in San Diego. Glae Thien,, "San Diego's Cal State Games turning 30," 12 July 2018 But, on the whole, Chicha is oddly frictionless, unsurprising, like an advertisement enticing tourists to an all-inclusive luxury resort. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Chicha, the Delicious New Nicaraguan Restaurant That Caters to Millennial Cliché," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of tourist

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tourist was in 1775

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English Language Learners Definition of tourist

: a person who travels to a place for pleasure

: a member of a sports team that is playing a series of official games in a foreign country


tour·ist | \ˈtu̇r-ist \

Kids Definition of tourist

: a person who travels for pleasure

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