tour·​ist ˈtu̇r-ist How to pronounce tourist (audio)
: one that makes a tour for pleasure or culture
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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Word History

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of tourist was in 1775

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“Tourist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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tour·​ist ˈtu̇r-əst How to pronounce tourist (audio)
: a person who travels for pleasure
tourist adjective

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