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 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 Downstream, popular tourist spots on the banks of the Ganges were shut, and all boating activities were stopped. Time, "140 Are Missing After a Glacier Breaks in India's Himalayas," 8 Feb. 2021 Thompson makes his third appearance already as a tourist. Andy Hoglund,, "Saturday Night Live recap: Dan Levy makes hosting debut for SNL's 900th episode," 7 Feb. 2021 And last month, a tourist from Oklahoma shot a homeless man in the French Quarter. Sarah Ravits,, "Tourism marketing board CEO Stephen Perry blames locals for Cantrell’s new COVID-19 restrictions," 6 Feb. 2021 In the meantime, tourist towns like Queenstown and Rotorua have floundered, as New Zealanders look past the destinations or experiences favored by international visitors. New York Times, "Its Borders Shut, New Zealand Prods Local Tourists to ‘Do Something New’," 4 Feb. 2021 The application fee also includes mandatory COVID-19 health insurance good for the duration of the tourist's stay. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Which countries welcome American vacationers – and which are safest to visit?," 3 Feb. 2021 The first space tourist, American multimillionaire Dennis Tito, launched to the International Space Station on an eight-day expedition in 2001. NBC News, "SpaceX announces first mission to space with all-civilian crew," 1 Feb. 2021 The story of two kids whose uncle runs one of those tourist-trap mystery shops — only this one contains some actual mysteries — works for all ages. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The 100 Best TV Shows on Hulu Right Now," 1 Feb. 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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15 Feb 2021

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“Tourist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 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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