walk·​about | \ˈwȯ-kə-ˌbau̇t \

Definition of walkabout 

1 : a short period of wandering bush life engaged in by an Australian aborigine as an occasional interruption of regular work often used in the phrase go walkabout the man who went walkabout was making a ritual journey— Bruce Chatwin

2 : something (such as a journey) similar to a walkabout

3 : a walking tour especially, British : one in which a well-known person mingles with the public went walkabout in the streets

Examples of walkabout in a Sentence

Many people gathered to meet the Queen during her walkabout.

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Prince Harry, who everyone knows was basically born to be the world’s coolest father, looked completely in his element while meeting children during the couple's walkabout. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Pregnant Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Already Feeling the Baby Fever on Their Tour of Australia," 16 Oct. 2018 The walkabout is a fixture of most royal tours and out-of-town visits, but that wasn't always the case. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Did Princess Anne Just Shade Her Brother Prince Charles?," 24 Sep. 2018 Some gardens have wine and snacks set out, others are more of a walkabout situation. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Amsterdam in June 2018," 29 May 2018 They were then set to meet locals and students during a walkabout at the city’s famous Trinity College. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Kick Off Another Magical Day in Ireland!," 11 July 2018 Image The narrator begins to sleep most of the day and sometimes to go on walkabouts while blacked out. Dwight Garner, New York Times, "A Sleeping Beauty Hopes Hibernation Is the Answer to All Life’s Problems," 2 July 2018 Market Street was transformed into a wine walkabout Thursday evening, June 7, as hundreds of wine enthusiasts thronged the streets in search of the perfect sip of vino. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Wine & Food Week: Market Street transformed into wine walkabout," 9 June 2018 Gerd Muller would pop up unmarked in the six yard box to volley home after Bonetti had, expectedly, gone walkabouts once again. SI.com, "On This Day: 14th June - England Succumb to West Germany in Classic Quarter Final," 14 June 2018 The packed itinerary will include opening the Mersey Gateway Bridge and the Storyhouse theater and library in the center of town, as well as a royal walkabout and a formal sit-down lunch at Chester City Council. Katie Nicholl, Vanities, "What to Expect from Meghan Markle’s Solo Outing with the Queen," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of walkabout

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of walkabout

: an occasion in which an Australian Aborigine goes on a long walking journey on land that is far from towns and cities

: an occasion in which a well-known person walks through a public place to meet and talk informally to people

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