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[too r-ist] /ˈtʊər ɪst/
a person who is traveling, especially for pleasure.
in tourist-class accommodations, or by tourist-class conveyance:
to travel tourist.
Origin of tourist
1770-80; tour + -ist
Related forms
nontourist, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tourist
  • During that month the city, except for its main tourist arteries, is a radically different place from its usual self.
  • Hotels, restaurants, shops and tourist guides are complaining of a huge drop in income.
  • Realize that you are at a conference, not on a tourist junket.
  • But for less distinctive destinations the collapse in tourist traffic has been catastrophic.
  • So it really is a matter of how you want to travel, and this isn't saying it's bad to be a tourist.
  • If you live in a tourist destination town, you see people snapping the same pictures all the time.
  • Springdale is a lot more appealing than many of the tourist towns that have sprouted up on the edges of national parks.
  • Although not everyone was happy about the invasion of the pinnipeds, eventually they became a huge tourist attraction.
  • Today, such delegations are under much more scrutiny, and tourist visas are easier to obtain.
  • They are the major tourist attraction for the island and need to be protected.
British Dictionary definitions for tourist


  1. a person who travels for pleasure, usually sightseeing and staying in hotels
  2. (as modifier): tourist attractions
a person on an excursion or sightseeing tour
a person travelling abroad as a member of a sports team that is playing a series of usually international matches
Also called tourist class. the lowest class of accommodation on a passenger ship
of or relating to tourist accommodation
Derived Forms
touristic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for tourist

1780, from tour (n.) + -ist; tourist trap attested from 1939, in Graham Greene.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tourist in Technology

A guest on the system, especially one who generally logs in over a network from a remote location for comm mode, electronic mail, games and other trivial purposes. A tourist is one step below a luser.
Hackers often spell this turist, perhaps by some sort of tenuous analogy with luser (this also expresses the ITS culture's penchant for six-letterisms).
Compare twink, read-only user.
[Jargon File]

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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