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



    BrE BrE//ɪkˈskɜːʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɪkˈskɜːrʒn//
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  1. 1a short journey made for pleasure, especially one that has been organized for a group of people They've gone on an excursion to York. There are regular weekend excursions throughout the summer. 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 Wordfindercommute, departure, destination, excursion, expedition, itinerary, journey, pilgrimage, safari, travel See related entries: Types of holiday/vacation
  2. 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.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (in the sense ‘act of running out’, from Latin excursio(n-), from the verb excurrere ‘run out’, from ex- ‘out’ + currere ‘to run’.Extra examples Our ship offers 13 different excursions. Princess Tours runs independent excursions from selected hotels. We decided to make an all-day excursion to the island. We signed up for a shore excursion to New Orleans. her first excursion into business Optional excursions include a tour of the ancient city and a day’s horse-riding. They’ve gone on an excursion to the caves.
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