tour·​ist | \ ˈtu̇r-ist How to pronounce tourist (audio) \

Definition of tourist

1 : one that makes a tour for pleasure or culture

Other Words from tourist

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.
Recent Examples on the Web The smoothness of travelling as a tourist seemed irreconcilable with the state of exertion and extremity that Pellegrin thought of as inherent to the creation of good work. Ben Taub, The New Yorker, 16 May 2022 The landmark location is trying to shed its image as a tourist destination by featuring fine restaurants that attract a local clientele. Robert J. Lopez, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 The collapses occurred on a pristine stretch of beach emblematic of why the Outer Banks is a major tourist destination every summer. Jamiel Lynch And Jennifer Henderson, CNN, 11 May 2022 San Ignacio is busy and charming without feeling like a tourist destination. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 7 May 2022 The hotel, a popular tourist destination in the capital city, had been closed for two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to its Facebook page. Emily Shapiro, ABC News, 6 May 2022 The Richardsons are stationed in the north in a popular summer tourist destination known as Gdansk. Tamarra Kemsley, The Salt Lake Tribune, 4 May 2022 Not only did the two enjoy a catered, multi-course meal at the popular tourist destination, but El Moussa shut the entire place down just for the two of them. Skyler Caruso,, 21 Apr. 2022 In addition to meeting American officials during her trip to the United States, she is also set to court investors, seek assistance in improving public health partnerships and promote Tanzania as a vibrant tourist destination. New York Times, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Tourist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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tour·​ist | \ ˈtu̇r-ist How to pronounce tourist (audio) \

Kids Definition of tourist

: a person who travels for pleasure

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