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



    BrE BrE//ˈtʊərɪst//
    , BrE//ˈtɔːrɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʊrɪst//
    The tourist industry, Types of holiday/vacation
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  1. 1  a person who is travelling or visiting a place for pleasure busloads of foreign tourists a popular tourist attraction/destination/resort the tourist industry/sector Further information is available from the local tourist office. Wordfinderbreak, camp, cruise, holiday, honeymoon, package tour, self-catering, tourist, travel, visa 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 Wordfinderabroad, backpack, border, guide, passport, resort, sightseeing, tourist, travel, visa See related entries: The tourist industry, Types of holiday/vacation
  2. 2(British English) a member of a sports team that is playing a series of official games in a foreign country
  3. Extra examples I bought a tourist guide to Paris. Pompeii is one of Italy’s prime tourist attractions. Recently Edinburgh has become a popular tourist centre. She works as a tourist guide. The Story of the Loch Ness Monster has attracted many tourists to the area. The city has unrealized tourist potential. The festival is accompanied by a huge influx of tourists. The high level of crime is frightening away tourists. The theme park is the region’s most popular tourist facility. The town is off the usual tourist route. Their economy is dependent on tourist dollars. the exploitation of women by sex tourists the local tourist information office the part of town most frequented by tourists the reduction in tourist traffic due to the violence A busload of tourists arrived at the village. A tourist bus crashed on a remote mountain road last night. He entered the country on a tourist visa. It was the beginning of the tourist season. Local people rely on the tourist industry for employment. Local roads cannot cope with the increase in tourist traffic. She was guiding a group of tourists around the castle. The Taj Mahal is one of the most important tourist sights in India. The coastline of Vietnam has massive tourist potential. The number of tourists visiting London is rising again. The temple is a major tourist attraction. The town is a popular tourist destination. There is a tourist information centre by the car park. There is little accommodation available for tourists. Tourists flock to the ruins, causing further erosion. We have a large influx of tourists in the summer. We travelled on minor roads and tracks, away from the tourist trail. We visited all the usual tourist spots. Western tourists rarely visit the area.
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