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 Covid-19 cases have spiked since the beginning of the year, and visits to Machu Picchu and other tourist destinations are currently suspended until the end of the month. Colleen Connolly, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Uphill Battle to Stop Peru From Building a New Airport Near Machu Picchu," 24 Feb. 2021 It’s an anomaly — a tourist mecca in a wealthy international city that is the nation’s financial center. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: While the Met contemplates selling its treasured art, rich trustees sit idle," 14 Feb. 2021 Both its stadium and museum, two of Spain’s most popular tourist destinations, are likely to remain shut to visitors for at least the rest of this season. New York Times, "Barcelona and the Crippling Cost of Success," 12 Feb. 2021 Frequently documented footage shows people violating mandates and gathering en mass at popular tourist destinations that do not tend to attract locals, including Bourbon Street. Sarah Ravits,, "Tourism marketing board CEO Stephen Perry blames locals for Cantrell’s new COVID-19 restrictions," 6 Feb. 2021 Christ has examined tourist destinations around the world and promotes business practices that balance benefits to local economies and the natural environment. Gregory Thomas,, "New Big Sur plan aims to control tourists at Bixby Bridge, McWay Falls and more hot spots," 30 Dec. 2020 With everyone from vacationers to peripatetic social media influencers grounded, tourist destinations are reeling just as badly. Eric Adams, Wired, "Airlines’ Pandemic-Driven Cargo Business Will Keep Flying," 18 Dec. 2020 Ackerman’s design features waves on the top and bottom of the license plate, giving a nod to the Israeli flag, in addition to Florida’s sandy tourist destinations and Israel’s deserts in bloom. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Boca artist designs ‘Florida stands with Israel’ license plate," 17 Dec. 2020 Ammonite is a fictionalized account of a love story between the famous (real) fossil hunter Mary Anning and an ailing woman tourist, set at the seaside in 1840s England. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "How The Dig and Ammonite Fetishize British-ness," 27 Jan. 2021

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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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27 Feb 2021

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“Tourist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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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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