ex·​cur·​sion | \ ik-ˈskər-zhən How to pronounce excursion (audio) \

Definition of excursion

1a : a going out or forth : expedition
b(1) : a usually brief pleasure trip
(2) : a trip at special reduced rates
2 : deviation from a direct, definite, or proper course especially : digression needless excursions into abstruse theory
3 : a movement outward and back or from a mean position or axis also : the distance traversed : amplitude the excursion of a piston

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Examples of excursion in a Sentence

They went on a brief excursion to the coast. our weekend excursions have encompassed virtually all parts of our home state
Recent Examples on the Web Brandenburg, Bavaria, Saxon Switzerland and the region around Rhine and Moselle all have the right ingredients for a great walking excursion or even a proper walking vacation. Marcel Krueger, CNN, 23 Sep. 2021 Options for the excursion include an indulgent spa experience at the Hyatt Regency Grand Reserve; an adventurous tour of the beach and rain forest, including a zip-lining experience; and an Old San Juan food tour. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 6 Aug. 2021 Tubing in San Marcos For more excitement in the San Antonio area, head to San Marcos for a tubing excursion down the San Marcos River. Jennifer Miko, Chron, 17 May 2021 October can bring wider networks of friends and the time for a romantic weekend excursion. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 12 May 2021 Netflix may not have paid for the excursion itself, but the show, which premiered on Netflix a year later, went on to receive two Golden Globe nominations despite middling reviews from critics. Adam Epstein, Quartz, 10 May 2021 Justin appeared dapper for the joint excursion as well, opting for a monochromatic look of his own that included navy pants, a turtleneck sweater, an oversized matching jacket, and a baby blue trucker-style cap. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 1 Mar. 2021 Unapologetic had secured a partnership with energy drink maker Red Bull and was deep in the midst of preparations for the ambitious excursion when the pandemic hit. USA Today, 26 Feb. 2021 Thomas makes his first trip back to Louisiana since leaving the LSU program as the Blazers close out their four-game road excursion against Tulane, Saturday, Sept. 25, at Yulman Stadium in New Orleans. Evan Dudley, al, 24 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of excursion

circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for excursion

Latin excursion-, excursio, from excurrere

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The first known use of excursion was circa 1587

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“Excursion.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/excursion. Accessed 26 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of excursion

: a short trip especially for pleasure


ex·​cur·​sion | \ ik-ˈskər-zhən How to pronounce excursion (audio) \

Kids Definition of excursion

1 : a brief trip for pleasure
2 : a trip at special reduced rates


ex·​cur·​sion | \ ik-ˈskər-zhən How to pronounce excursion (audio) \

Medical Definition of excursion

1a : a movement outward and back or from a mean position or axis excursion of the femur
b : the distance traversed
2 : one complete movement of expansion and contraction of the lungs and their membranes (as in breathing)

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