Definition of tour noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//tʊə(r)//
    , BrE//tɔː(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//tʊr//
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  1. 1  tour (of/round/around something) a journey made for pleasure during which several different towns, countries, etc. are visited a walking/sightseeing, etc. tour a coach tour of northern France a tour operator (= a person or company that organizes tours) Synonymstripjourney tour expedition excursion outing day outThese are all words for an act of travelling to a place.trip an act of travelling from one place to another, and usually back again:a business trip a five-minute trip by taxijourney an act of travelling from one place to another, especially when they are a long way 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 travelling takes a long time and is difficult. In North American English journey is not used for short trips(British English) What is your journey to work like?tour a journey made for pleasure during which several different places are visited:a tour of Bavariaexpedition 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:The children were on a day’s outing from school.day out a trip to somewhere for a day, especially for pleasure:We had a day out at the beach.Patterns a(n) foreign/​overseas trip/​journey/​tour/​expedition a bus/​coach/​train/​rail trip/​journey/​tour to go on a(n) trip/​journey/​tour/​expedition/​excursion/​outing/​day out to set out/​off on a(n) trip/​journey/​tour/​expedition/​excursion to make a(n) trip/​journey/​tour/​expedition/​excursion CollocationsTravel and tourismHolidays/​vacations have/​take (British English) a holiday/(North American English) a vacation/​a break/​a day off/(British English) a gap year go on/​be on holiday/​vacation/​leave/​honeymoon/​safari/​a trip/​a tour/​a cruise/​a pilgrimage go backpacking/​camping/​hitchhiking/​sightseeing plan a trip/​a holiday/​a vacation/​your itinerary book accommodation/​a hotel room/​a flight/​tickets have/​make/​cancel a reservation/(especially British English) booking rent a villa/(both British English) a holiday home/​a holiday cottage (especially British English) hire/ (especially North American English) rent a car/​bicycle/​moped stay in a hotel/​a bed and breakfast/​a youth hostel/​a villa/(both British English) a holiday home/​a caravan cost/​charge $100 a/​per night for a single/​double/​twin/​standard/(British English) en suite room check into/​out of a hotel/​a motel/​your room pack/​unpack your suitcase/​bags call/​order room service cancel/​cut short a trip/​holiday/​vacationForeign travel apply for/​get/​renew a/​your passport take out/​buy/​get travel insurance catch/​miss your plane/​train/​ferry/​connecting flight fly (in)/travel in business/​economy class make/​have a brief/​two-day/​twelve-hour stopover/(North American English also) layover in Hong Kong experience/​cause/​lead to delays check (in)/collect/​get/​lose (your) (especially British English) luggage/(especially North American English) baggage be charged for/​pay excess baggage board/​get on/​leave/​get off the aircraft/​plane/​ship/​ferry taxi down/​leave/​approach/​hit/​overshoot the runway experience/​hit/​encounter severe turbulence suffer from/​recover from/​get over your jet lag/​travel sicknessThe tourist industry attract/​draw/​bring tourists/​visitors encourage/​promote/​hurt tourism promote/​develop ecotourism build/​develop/​visit a tourist/​holiday/(especially British English) seaside/​beach/​ski resort work for/​be operated by a major hotel chain be served by/​compete with low-cost/(especially North American English) low-fare/​budget airlines book something through/​make a booking through/​use a travel agent contact/​check with your travel agent/​tour operator book/​be on/​go on a package deal/​holiday/​tour buy/​bring back (tacky/​overpriced) souvenirs see also package tour, whistle-stop See related entries: Types of holiday/vacation
  2. 2  an act of walking around a town, building, etc. in order to visit it We were given a guided tour (= by somebody who knows about the place) of the palace. a tour guide a tour of inspection (= an official visit of a factory, classroom, etc. made by somebody whose job is to check that everything is working as expected) See related entries: Historic buildings
  3. 3  an official series of visits made to different places by a sports team, an orchestra, an important person, etc. The band is currently on a nine-day tour of France. The band is on tour in France. a concert tour The Prince will visit Boston on the last leg (= part) of his American tour. The soldiers all used to do a six-month tour of duty in Northern Ireland. See related entries: Live music
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (originally referring to a tour of duty; also denoting a circular movement): from Old French, ‘turn’, via Latin from Greek tornos ‘lathe’. Sense 1 dates from the mid 17th cent.Extra examples Come on, I’ll give you the grand tour of the backyard. Dolly Parton’s tour bus Garden tours are offered throughout the summer. He took his degree in 1665 before embarking on the grand tour. He was now on the last leg of his book tour. He wasn’t selected for England’s tour party to Australia. I made a lightning tour of the office to say goodbye. I’d like to do a tour of Belgium on foot. Our host gave us a quick tour of the house. Our tour leaders are all fluent in English. Phone for details of the band’s tour dates. She takes tourists on ghost tours of Edinburgh. Simon and Garfunkel’s 2003 reunion tour The band completed a whirlwind tour of North America in two months. The band is currently on tour in the States. The band is just back from a sell-out Asian tour. The boss started his tour of inspection with my office. The group will shortly go on a ten-city European tour. The president embarked on a whirlwind tour of the provinces. The soldiers were returning from a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. The team’s tour manager called a press conference. We met a group of Italians on a tour in Peru. We met a group of cyclists on a tour in the Lake District. We reboarded the coach and set off on a magical mystery tour in search of tea. a promotional tour for her new book an all-inclusive package tour of Austria an open-top bus tour of the city the couple’s first official overseas tour After a whirlwind tour of the temples, it was time to find a hotel. He works as a tour guide in Bangkok. If there are any problems, contact your tour operator. The next tour will begin at four o’clock. They made a whistle-stop tour of the five major towns. This summer we went on a walking tour around Provence. We organize small-group tours for adults. We were given a guided tour of the palace. We’re going on a tour of Bavaria. You can join an organized tour or you can visit independently.
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