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[viz-i-ter] /ˈvɪz ɪ tər/
a person who visits, as for reasons of friendship, business, duty, travel, or the like.
Origin of visitor
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English visitour < Anglo-French; Old French visiteor < Late Latin vīsitātor, equivalent to Latin vīsitā(re) to visit + -tor -tor
Related forms
previsitor, noun
Visitor, caller, guest, visitant are terms for a person who comes to spend time with or stay with others, or in a place. A visitor often stays some time, for social pleasure, for business, sightseeing, etc.: a visitor at our neighbor's house. A caller comes for a brief (usually) formal visit: The caller merely left her card. A guest is anyone receiving hospitality, and the word has been extended to include anyone who pays for meals and lodging: a welcome guest; a hotel guest. Visitant applies especially to a migratory bird or to a supernatural being: a warbler as a visitant. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Had there been, he probably would have invited the visitor to walk to the fire and partake.

    Two Boys in Wyoming Edward S. Ellis
  • The doctor was silent a moment and glared angrily at his visitor.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • I don't count you as a visitor at all—and they are visitors, I suppose.

    Tristram of Blent Anthony Hope
  • "Wait till I get there," barked the visitor, still climbing.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Maisie's sense of fairness hereupon interposed for her visitor.

    What Maisie Knew Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for visitor


a person who pays a visit; caller, guest, tourist, etc
another name for visitant (sense 4)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for visitor

early 15c., from visit + -or. Sports sense is from 1900.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for visitor



A marijuana dealer or user (1930s+ Narcotics)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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