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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WALKABOUT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of walkabout for English Language Learners
: 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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