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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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 His security detail — men with crew cuts, colorful batik shirts and black pants — seemed relaxed despite the unpredictable nature of the walkabouts. Washington Post, "AP Interview: Indonesia’s Widodo to push unpopular reforms," 27 July 2019 All splendid indeed for a Bond set which has seen its set of real-life troubles, until the heir to Britain's throne continued his walkabout and couldn't help but make an offhand quip. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "James Bond: Recapping all the drama erupting around Daniel Craig's new 007 movie," 25 June 2019 While on a walkabout in the German city of Leipzig on Wednesday, May 8, a royal photographer stopped the Duchess of Cornwall and showed her the first photographs of Baby Sussex. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Camilla's Reaction to the First Pictures of Baby Sussex Is So Sweet," 9 May 2019 See her full look here: And again without the coat: Shop Meghan Markle's Outfit Here While on their visit today, Harry and Meghan will greet the public on multiple walkabouts, and will spend time in both West Sussex and East Sussex. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Just Arrived in Sussex Wearing a Green Leather Pencil Skirt," 3 Oct. 2018 During their trip, the royal couple will do a walkabout with children from the Westbourne School, see the historic Sussex Declaration, and open the University of Chichester Tech Park in West Sussex. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Comparing Meghan Markle, Kate Middleton, and Princess Diana's First Visits to Their Namesake Cities," 3 Oct. 2018 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

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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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