1. a traveling around from place to place.
  2. a long journey including the visiting of a number of places in sequence, especially with an organized group led by a guide.
  3. a brief trip through a place, as a building or a site, in order to view or inspect it: The visiting prime minister was given a tour of the chemical plant.
  4. a journey from town to town to fulfill engagements, as by a theatrical company or an entertainer: to go on tour; a European concert tour.
  5. a period of duty at one place or in one job.

verb (used without object)

  1. to travel from place to place.
  2. to travel from town to town fulfilling engagements.

verb (used with object)

  1. to travel through (a place).
  2. to send or take (a theatrical company, its production, etc.) from town to town.
  3. to guide (someone) on a tour: He toured us through the chateaus of the Loire Valley.


  1. Georges de [zhawrzh duh] /ʒɔrʒ də/, 1593–1652, French painter.


  1. an extended journey, usually taken for pleasure, visiting places of interest along the route
  2. military a period of service, esp in one place of duty
  3. a short trip, as for inspection
  4. a trip made by a theatre company, orchestra, etc, to perform in several different placesa concert tour
  5. an overseas trip made by a cricket or rugby team, etc, to play in several places


  1. to make a tour of (a place)
  2. to perform (a show) or promote (a product) in several different places


  1. Georges de (ʒɔrʒ də). ?1593–1652, French painter, esp of candlelit religious scenes

early 14c., “a turn, a shift on duty,” from Old French tour, tourn “a turn, trick, round, circuit, circumference,” from torner, tourner “to turn,” from Latin tornare “to polish, round off, fashion, turn on a lathe” (see turn (v.)). Sense of “a traveling around, journey” is first recorded 1640s. Tour de France is recorded from 1922. The Grand Tour, a journey through France, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy formerly was the finishing touch in the education of a gentleman.


1746, from tour (n.). Related: Toured; touring.

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