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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tourist adjective or adverb

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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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Recent Examples on the Web The huge monument was built between 3000 B.C. and 1600 B.C. and is one of the country's most popular tourist attractions. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Archaeologists find massive ring of ancient shafts close to Stonehenge," 23 June 2020 As whole countries reopen, many public places like bars, restaurants, museums, tourist attractions, and theaters are trying to figure out ways to safely welcome visitors without causing another surge of coronavirus cases in their communities. Andrea Romano, Travel + Leisure, "This Theater in Berlin Is Showing the World How the Show Will Go on," 17 June 2020 One of the city's most popular tourist attractions, the tower's edifice includes a pair of famous glockenspiels, mechanical-musical dioramas depicting scenes from the region's past. Evan Ratliff, Wired, "We Can Protect the Economy From Pandemics. Why Didn't We?," 16 June 2020 Amusement parks and other tourist attractions were allowed to open shortly before the Memorial Day weekend. Washington Examiner, "South Carolina sees continued COVID-19 records as more business restrictions lifted," 16 June 2020 Its scenery and remote rural character form the alluring foundation of a sizable summer tourist economy that starts every May. Keith Schneider, STAT, "Postcard from the edge: A rural getaway, protected from Covid-19, fears it may be swallowed into the pandemic," 15 June 2020 Like Ohio, Pennsylvania has been gradually reopening tourist attractions. Susan Glaser, cleveland, "Pittsburgh’s Kennywood amusement park to open July 11," 10 June 2020 This also includes water parks, theme parks, amusement parks and zoos, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health’s guidelines for entertainment venues and tourist attractions. Mary Colurso |, al, "Entertainment venues in Jefferson County can reopen under state guidelines," 9 June 2020 On the same day all the city’s museums and tourist attractions were shut down. Carl Nolte,, "Pampanito is trying to survive the coronavirus, and it’s a tough fight," 6 June 2020

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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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26 Jun 2020

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“Tourist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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