tourist

noun
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

Synonyms

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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The storm’s worst damage in the U.S. appeared to be on Ocracoke Island, which even in good weather is accessible only by boat or air and is popular with tourists for its undeveloped beaches. Washington Post, "Dorian lashes east Canada, then weakens heading out to sea," 10 Sep. 2019 The storm's worst damage in the U.S. appeared to be on Ocracoke Island, which even in good weather is accessible only by boat or air and is popular with tourists for its undeveloped beaches. chicagotribune.com, "Dorian knocks out power to hundreds of thousands in Canada," 8 Sep. 2019 The storm’s worst damage in the U.S. appeared to be on Ocracoke Island, which even in good weather is accessible only by boat or air and is popular with tourists for its undeveloped beaches. Rob Gillies, Twin Cities, "Dorian lashes east Canada, then weakens heading out to sea," 8 Sep. 2019 The storm’s worst damage in the United States appeared to be on Ocracoke Island, which even in good weather is accessible only by boat or air and is popular with tourists for its undeveloped beaches. Rob Gillies, BostonGlobe.com, "Dorian still slamming Eastern Canada at hurricane force," 8 Sep. 2019 The Grand Celebration, a ship from Bahamas Paradise Cruise Lines that normally plies the Caribbean with tourists, was diverted to pick up evacuees, and brought more than 1,500 to Riviera Beach, Florida, on Saturday morning. Doug Stanglin, USA TODAY, "Dorian leaves behind death and destruction as it heads to New England, Nova Scotia," 7 Sep. 2019 Dorian's worst damage in the U.S. appeared to be on Ocracoke Island, which even in good weather is accessible only by boat or air and is popular with tourists for its undeveloped beaches. Ben Finley, Anchorage Daily News, "Stranded North Carolinians take stock of Dorian’s damage as storm bands reach Nova Scotia," 7 Sep. 2019 Along King Street in historic Charleston, South Carolina, dozens of shops and restaurants typically bustling with tourists were boarded up, plywood and corrugated metal over windows and doors, as the flood-prone downtown area braced for high water. Marko Álvarez, Time, "The Death Toll from Hurricane Dorian in the Devastated Bahamas Climbs to 20," 5 Sep. 2019 Flash flood watches have been posted across parts of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, a coastline crowded with tourists for the upcoming Labor Day weekend holiday. Brian K. Sullivan, Fortune, "Hurricane Dorian Set to Lash Puerto Rico on Path to Florida," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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tourist

noun

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

tourist

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

Kids Definition of tourist

: a person who travels for pleasure

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