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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Our walkabouts turned up some discoveries: Underappreciated must-sees are the neighborhoods of vintage houses, many of them among the 2,500 officially recognized historic homes built before 1941.
Each of Yanna Muru’s walkabouts follow sacred songlines—the name given to the paths that Aboriginal tradition says creation gods, like the Rainbow Serpent, took through Australia.
For Yanna Muru, the walkabouts are a way to preserve and raise awareness of an indigenous culture that is in danger of disappearing.
Our walkabouts revealed some discoveries, as will your own.
Now the second swell of culinary walkabouts is emerging.
Raffle tickets will be available at the walkabout for $100.
My walkabout ended when a woman found me down by the Merced River.
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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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