- 1 a short trip made for pleasure, especially one that has been organized for a group of people They've gone on an excursion to New York. There are regular weekend excursions throughout the summer. Thesaurustripjourney tour commute expedition excursion outingThese are all words for an act of traveling to a place.trip an act of traveling from one place to another, and usually back again:a business trip a five-minute trip by taxijourney an act of traveling from one place to another, especially when they are far apart:a long and difficult journey across the mountainstrip or journey?A trip usually involves you going to a place and back again; a journey is usually one-way. A trip is often shorter than a journey, although it does not have to be:a trip to New York a round-the-world trip. It is often short in time, even if it is long in distance. Journey is more often used when the traveling takes a long time and is difficult.tour a journey made for pleasure during which several different places are visited:a tour of Californiacommute the regular trip that a person makes when they travel to work and back home again:a two-hour commute into downtown Washingtonexpedition an organized journey with a particular purpose, especially to find out about a place that is not well known:the first expedition to the South Poleexcursion a short trip made for pleasure, especially one that has been organized for a group of people:We went on an all-day excursion to the island.outing a short trip made for pleasure or education, usually with a group of people and lasting no more than a day:My project team organized an afternoon outing to celebrate.Patterns an overseas trip/journey/tour/expedition a bus/train trip/journey/tour to go on a(n) trip/journey/tour/expedition/excursion/outing to set out/off on a(n) trip/journey/tour/expedition/excursion to take a(n) trip/journey/expedition/excursion
- 2excursion into something (formal) a short period of trying a new or different activity After a brief excursion into drama, he concentrated on his main interest, which was poetry.