walk·​about | \ ˈwȯ-kə-ˌbau̇t How to pronounce walkabout (audio) \

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 walkaboutthe 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.
Recent Examples on the Web According to People, during a walkabout in Keswick, Duchess Kate opened up about Princess Charlotte, who is due to start school in September 2019. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Just Said the Sweetest Thing About Princess Charlotte Starting School," 15 June 2019 The Duke and Duchess will also go on a short walkabout, enabling them to meet some of the local community for the first time. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Trip to Africa Will Be a 'Little More Lively' with Son Archie," 22 Sep. 2019 Normally, interactions with the royals during walkabouts don't go much beyond pleasantries, but today, while greeting the crowds at Auckland’s Viaduct Harbour, Harry had a meaningful conversation with 6-year-old Otia Nante. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Comforts Six-Year-Old Boy in New Zealand Who Lost His Mother," 30 Oct. 2018 So can anyone else who downloads a copy of Palestine VR, an iPhone- and Samsung-ready app released Wednesday that delivers a 360-degree digital walkabout of the Palestinian territories based on the aborted itinerary of Reps. Steve Hendrix, Washington Post, "Barred from West Bank and Gaza, Omar and Tlaib can now see them via VR," 31 Oct. 2019 Kate Middleton wore a light blue Mulberry coat for a walkabout in Ballymena, Northern Ireland with Prince William. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Wears a Blue Mulberry Cape Coat in Ballymena, Northern Ireland," 28 Feb. 2019 According to People, during one of Kate and William's walkabouts on their official royal visit to Cumbria, the royals opened up about their daughter. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Just Said the Sweetest Thing About Princess Charlotte Starting School," 15 June 2019 Nike vice president/creative director Todd Van Horne and University Oregon track coach Robert Johnson took questions during a presentation and walkabout inside the stadium that lasted about an hour and a half. oregonlive, "The University of Oregon’s new Hayward Field is taking shape, and it will be imposing," 12 Sep. 2019 Surprising royal fans who had already set up camp ahead of Saturday’s royal wedding, William and his brother Prince Harry made an impromptu walkabout outside of Windsor Castle on Friday. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Prince William to Wedding Crowds: 'We Are Looking for a Babysitter If You Are All Free!'," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of walkabout

1897, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Jan 2020

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“Walkabout.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walkabout. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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

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