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 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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During a walkabout in Akrotiri, Cyrpus, the Duchess of Cambridge met a fan named Rhian Davis, 32, who was carrying her 10-week-old daughter in a sling. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Says Prince Louis Is Practicing His Royal Wave," 5 Dec. 2018 The royal pair will then take a short walkabout to greet locals and have lunch with local dignitaries at Chester’s town hall. Simon Perry, PEOPLE.com, "Meghan Markle's Outing With the Queen 'Is Happening at Triple Speed'," 6 June 2018 On Monday, the royals made a visit to Birkenhead, where the Duke and Duchess met crowds of fans during a walkabout and spent time at a number of local organizations. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Wore a Gown By Roland Mouret to a Charity Performance of Cirque du Soleil at Royal Albert Hall," 16 Jan. 2019 For the walkabout, Kate wore a red Carolina Herrera coatdress and ankle boots from LK Bennett—a sharp look that fits well within Kate's usual fashion vocabulary. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Gets Sporty in a Barbour Jacket, Ralph Lauren Sweater, and Sneakers," 27 Feb. 2019 The company is confident that eco-conscious, well-to-do consumers will pay more to know whether their cage-free bird really enjoyed a daily walkabout before its demise. Robyn Metcalfe, WSJ, "The Life Story of Your Supermarket Chicken: Food Tracking Goes High-Tech," 21 Feb. 2019 This mashup between a Jack Kerouac road trip and an Australian aboriginal walkabout may have just the right amount of weirdness to keep the former congressman’s millions of social media followers hanging on his every New Age musing. Karl Rove, WSJ, "The Weirdness of American Politics," 23 Jan. 2019 Even with a massive crowd of fans, no one handles a walkabout quite like Prince Harry! Maura Hohman, PEOPLE.com, "See Prince Harry's Trick for Greeting an Entire Crowd of Fans at Once!," 12 July 2018 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

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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
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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