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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At another point during their walkabout, Meghan had her own sweet moment with a child who got outside the barrier, giving a little girl, 2-year-old Catalina Rivera, a big hug. Megan Friedman, Town & Country, "Prince Harry Had to Track Down a Lost Child’s Parents During a Stop in New Zealand," 31 Oct. 2018 And during the walkabout near Auckland's Viaduct Harbour, Meghan reunited with someone very special. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Was so Surprised to Reunite with Someone Special on the Royal Tour in New Zealand," 30 Oct. 2018 Middleton has been spotted many occasions chatting with the public during walkabouts. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Queen Elizabeth's daughter Princess Anne explains why she doesn't shake fans' hands," 24 Sep. 2018 Finish your walkabout at the impossibly cool Temescal Alley, a tiny walking-only sidestreet with pricier boutiques (a.k.a. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "48 Hours in Oakland," 13 Sep. 2018 During the walkabout upon their arrival, Harry spoke with Sophia Richards, a 10-year-old student at Oasis Academy in Warndon, England. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle Hugs 10-Year-Old Girl Who Told Prince Harry She Wants to Be an Actress," 8 Mar. 2018 Anne says in the film, speaking of the earliest iteration of the royal walkabout. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Did Princess Anne Just Shade Her Brother Prince Charles?," 24 Sep. 2018 Meghan, 36, is becoming a royal pro at having fun while greeting fans at rope lines, having participated in multiple walkabouts since her engagement to Harry was announced in November 2017. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry sample Dublin's charms in Ireland visit," 11 July 2018 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

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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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