tour Definition

  • 1a journey for pleasure in which several different places are visited
  • 2a short trip around a place, such as a factory, taken to learn about it

Using tour: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "tour" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    We went on a tour of the city's historic district.

  • Example

    The band is going on a world tour next year.

  • Example

    The factory offers tours to visitors who want to see how their products are made.

tour Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for tour

Idioms Using tour

  • to visit a place or places as part of a guided group


    We took a tour of the museum with a knowledgeable guide.

  • to travel from place to place, especially as part of a musical or theatrical group


    The band is going on tour next month to promote their new album.

  • to show someone around a place, especially one that is unfamiliar to them


    I gave my friend a tour of the city when she came to visit.

Phrases with tour

  • tour de force

    an impressive or difficult achievement, especially in artistic or intellectual fields


    His performance in the play was a tour de force.

  • a long tour of Europe, especially one undertaken by young people in the 18th and 19th centuries as part of their education


    He went on a grand tour of Europe after finishing college.

  • whistle-stop tour

    a tour of several places, especially political constituencies, made in a short time and without much attention to detail


    The candidate went on a whistle-stop tour of the state to drum up support for his campaign.

Origins of tour

from Old French 'torner', meaning 'to turn'


Summary: tour in Brief

The term 'tour' [tʊə(r)] refers to a journey for pleasure that involves visiting multiple places, or a short trip around a place to learn about it. It includes examples like 'We went on a tour of the city's historic district,' and 'The factory offers tours to visitors who want to see how their products are made.' 'Tour' extends into phrases like 'whistle-stop tour,' denoting a brief tour of several places, and idioms like 'take a tour,' meaning to visit a place as part of a guided group.

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