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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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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On Twitter, government spokesman Roberto Rodríguez Marchena has been promoting the hashtag #BeFairWithDR alongside stories touting the Dominican Republic as a safe and desirable tourist destination. Deanna Pan,, "After a rash of mysterious deaths and the Ortiz shooting, will tourists still flock to the Dominican Republic?," 19 June 2019 But in recent years, fires have swept through prime tourist destinations, forcing travelers to flee alongside local residents and sometimes claiming them as victims. Sarah Feldberg,, "Traveling in California during fire season? Here’s what you need to know," 19 June 2019 In all, contractors working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency removed five barrels from the lake, a popular tourist destination near Joseph., "With five barrels removed, Wallowa Lake recovery effort ends," 18 June 2019 Now the Caribbean island’s reputation as a tourist destination is taking a hit. Catherine Kim, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Ebola crosses borders," 13 June 2019 The #NoKidsInCages art installations were strategically placed outside of media companies, city landmarks and tourist destinations. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Art installations depicting crying children in cages pop up across New York City," 12 June 2019 Apparently, the painting will live on the yacht (which MBS bought from a Russian vodka tycoon for a cool $565 million) until the crown prince finishes remodeling the region of Al-Ula into a global tourist destination, art museums included. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Has a missing $450 million Leonardo da Vinci been hiding on a Saudi prince’s superyacht?," 11 June 2019 One such town, Haleiwa, on the island’s North Shore, has reinvented itself as a popular tourist destination, with surfers and sun seekers drawn to its broad beaches. Jay Jones,, "Hawaii's sugar history makes for one sweet island tour," 7 June 2019 Couples may take a two- to three-hour hike through the tropical jungle or wander popular tourist destinations. Stephanie Cain, New York Times, "Now There Are Honeymoon Photographers," 5 June 2019

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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
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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to take the place or position of

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