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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.
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
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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
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  • Sometimes she recognises the eccentricities of edina, patsy and visitors to the house.
  • Every bare brickwork the visitors used as a roof over their head, as a place to sleep.
  • Accounts about the number of participating visitors at the festival vary.
  • This number of visitors has been growing rapidly and steadily over the past decade.
  • The number of annual visitors, many staying for a week, was estimated at three million.
  • Today, many visitors stay for the weekend rather than for a week at a time.
  • The edge cinema offers visitors a panoramic view of the blue mountains.
  • Wild flowers an aid to knowledge of our wild flowers and their insect visitors.
  • visitors often go to champagne because of its history and its worldfamous wine.
  • She still received curious visitors who went out of their way to visit her.
British Dictionary definitions for visitors


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 visitors



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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