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[too r] /tʊər/
a traveling around from place to place.
a long journey including the visiting of a number of places in sequence, especially with an organized group led by a guide.
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.
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.
a period of duty at one place or in one job.
verb (used without object)
to travel from place to place.
to travel from town to town fulfilling engagements.
verb (used with object)
to travel through (a place).
to send or take (a theatrical company, its production, etc.) from town to town.
to guide (someone) on a tour:
He toured us through the chateaus of the Loire Valley.
Origin of tour
1250-1300; Middle English (noun) < Middle French < Latin tornus < Greek tórnos tool for making a circle. See turn
Related forms
minitour, noun
untoured, adjective
2. trip, expedition. 6, 8. visit.

La Tour

[lah too r; French la toor] /lɑ ˈtʊər; French la ˈtur/
Georges de
[zhawrzh duh] /ʒɔrʒ də/ (Show IPA),
1593–1652, French painter. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tour
  • As part of the tour he had planned for me, he invited me to visit the local zoo.
  • The audio walking tour is available as mp3 files, which can be downloaded separately or as a set.
  • Click on the map below to see highlights of this walking tour.
  • Sightseers in major cities no longer need a tour guide or travel book to point out local landmarks.
  • It is trickier than ever for an author to persuade a publisher to finance a traditional book tour.
  • Fans often attend many shows in a row and go on the road for an entire tour.
  • Earlier this month, your correspondent was given a rare tour.
  • But a pick-and-choose tour of famous masterpieces ignores the full scope of the collection.
  • Meanwhile the old customers-Western tour groups, drinkers looking for late-night stodge-have become less plentiful.
  • Linger on the grounds to enjoy our new cell phone tour.
British Dictionary definitions for tour


an extended journey, usually taken for pleasure, visiting places of interest along the route
(military) a period of service, esp in one place of duty
a short trip, as for inspection
a trip made by a theatre company, orchestra, etc, to perform in several different places: a concert tour
an overseas trip made by a cricket or rugby team, etc, to play in several places
to make a tour of (a place)
to perform (a show) or promote (a product) in several different places
Word Origin
C14: from Old French: a turn, from Latin tornus a lathe, from Greek tornos; compare turn

La Tour

/French la tur/
Georges de (ʒɔrʒ də). ?1593–1652, French painter, esp of candlelit religious scenes
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Word Origin and History for tour

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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