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

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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The resort was closed by a conservative Seoul administration in 2008 after a South Korean tourist was shot by a North Korean guard. Jonathan Cheng, WSJ, "Entrepreneurs Weigh a Return to North Korea," 27 Nov. 2018 High winds and extreme temperatures have pushed the fires further than most believed possible, catching tourists and residents off guard. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "In Greece, Drought-Fueled Wildfires Kill Dozens," 24 July 2018 During intermission, a tourist requests a picture, and Patricia agrees. Luzanne Otte, Town & Country, "A Day in the Life of Southern Charm's Patricia Altschul," 12 July 2018 For years, the 46-year-old homeless man, who weighs all of 90 pounds, has painted on canvas on Lincoln Road Mall, drawing the attention of tourists and passerby for his artistic skills. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "A homeless South Beach artist has no arms. But he stabbed a tourist, police say," 11 July 2018 But the chain of events – a strange sighting, media attention, more sightings, followed by visits from curious tourists and monster hunters – have played out in towns across the country, from Point Pleasant to Roswell, New Mexico. Joseph P. Laycock, Smithsonian, "A Search for Mysteries and Monsters in Small Town America," 11 July 2018 Local French media reported that a Chinese tourist the same age as Wang died while trying to take a photo on some steps near a church. Gracedobush, Fortune, "The Chinese Billionaire Who Owned Major Stakes in Hilton and Deutsche Bank Has Died," 4 July 2018 The restaurants can fill up quickly at prime time with tourists and bankers, but just put your name down at either of the restaurants, then hit up the bar in that stunning lobby for liquid destressing supplied by Temple Court. Bon Appetit, "The Beekman Hotel," 25 June 2018 Were tourists and locals turned away from an afternoon roaming the museum's galleries because of the shoot? Olivia Harrison,, "Here's What The Louvre Had To Say About Beyoncé & Jay Z's Music Video," 18 June 2018

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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

: 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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