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

     

    outing

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    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈaʊtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈaʊtɪŋ//
     
    Types of holiday/vacation
     
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  1. 1[countable] outing (to…) a trip that you go on for pleasure or education, usually with a group of people and lasting no more than one day synonym excursion We went on an outing to London. a family outing 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 See related entries: Types of holiday/vacation
  2. 2[countable] (sport, informal) an occasion when somebody takes part in a competition
  3. 3[uncountable, countable] the practice of naming people as homosexuals in public, when they do not want anyone to know
  4. Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘the action of going out or of expelling’): from the verb out + -ing.Extra examples The children were on an outing from school. We’re going on an outing tomorrow. a family outing to the mountains Every year she organized an outing to the countryside. The children were on a day’s outing from school. They went on an outing to the National Museum.
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