Definition of excursion in English:



  • 1A short journey or trip, especially one taken as a leisure activity.

    ‘an excursion to London Zoo’
    • ‘It is worth bearing in mind that many of the activities and excursions, such as boat trips and diving, are subject to good weather conditions.’
    • ‘Following today's inaugural journey the classic train will operate a year-round schedule of lunch, dinner day trip and weekend excursions from York, Manchester and Liverpool.’
    • ‘Opportunities do exist for shorter excursions, but since the railway has been put in, she goes there on excursions a couple of times a year.’
    • ‘That was a short excursion, though, because the batteries ran out on me and by the time I'd come back in to replace them with newly-charged ones, the urge to get back to the shredding had returned, not to be resisted.’
    • ‘Instead of an excursion into the countryside, we took a local walking tour of the city walls, the best preserved in Europe.’
    • ‘Bored with the monotony of her life, she takes her motor-less moped on short excursions.’
    • ‘Young little terns become highly mobile, making short excursions from the nest within hours of birth and soon becoming widely separated.’
    • ‘He had packed for camping trips and other short excursions before, but he didn't know how long he would have to stay out of town.’
    • ‘As with many first-time visitors to Mexico, the short excursion stirs up more in the author than he can fully comprehend.’
    • ‘While excursions and even short holiday trips were nothing new for manual workers, the ‘proper’ tourism had remained in the realm of the upper and middle classes.’
    • ‘Of course not all train journeys are mere holiday excursions laid on for the benefit of time-rich tourists.’
    • ‘Interestingly, while the City is inundated, the famous Vedanthangal bird sanctuary, which is a short excursion away, has received little water in the last couple of days.’
    • ‘‘Day hikes, long treks, paddling excursions - short or long trips, we have a variety of events that take place in the summer for all members,’ noted Bookan.’
    • ‘This was only a short excursion into the forest to report to my brothers.’
    • ‘Foreboding as this was, though, I decided to put my mind to rest and take a short excursion down the next one of these roads that I found, for humor's sake if nothing else.’
    • ‘They moan at the door now and again, asking for it to be opened so they can check the suitability of the weather for a short excursion.’
    • ‘One of my favorite excursions was a short drive from downtown at the Ballard Locks, which is absolutely free to visitors.’
    • ‘The program also offered participants an opportunity to explore Ireland through a series of excursions and field trips coupled with time for additional personal explorations.’
    • ‘Other recent Edinburgh excursions included sending a leisure department official to a medieval pottery research meeting in Dublin.’
    • ‘There are rainforest walks, 4WD excursions, bird safaris and a pool - crucial, as stinger jellyfish mean you can't swim in the sea for half the year.’
    trip, outing, jaunt, expedition, journey, tour
    day trip, day out, drive, run, ride
    junket, spin, hop
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  • 2technical A movement of something along a path or through an angle.

    ‘large excursions of the hip and knee joint’
    ‘a gantry controlled the radial and tangential excursion of each detector’
    • ‘We were told that this railroad plans to hopefully run some excursions along that other track into Eustis by this summer.’
    • ‘Most major extinction events are associated with pronounced isotopic excursions.’
    • ‘The observed carbon isotope excursions can be traced throughout different localities with different depositional environments and histories.’
    • ‘The self-referencing vibrating probe oscillated along an excursion of 10 m.’
    • ‘An initial negative carbon-isotope excursion occurred during the earliest phases of relative sea-level rise in SW Britain.’
  • 3A deviation from a regular activity or course.

    ‘the firm's disastrous excursion into the US electrical market’
    • ‘To cope with this, the introduction and twelve essays in this collection focus on areas ‘most accessible to the general reader while making brief excursions into more remote territory’.’
    • ‘The pair chose to dwell mostly in a musical milieu which would have predated either of their births, with just a few excursions into the present for their own compositions, which were primarily exercises in that same style.’
    • ‘Instead, Byrne writes surprisingly tuneful songs, and even takes two excursions into opera.’
    • ‘The audience was composed of cineastes, intellectuals and young men and women eager to view an explicit excursion into the sexual realm by an esteemed woman film-maker who had worked with such masters as Fellini.’
    • ‘Diamond offers a fascinating excursion into the latest scholarship on some of the great mysteries of history: Easter Island.’
    • ‘Weller's music runs the gamut from the Jam's punk-colored Mod and Merseybeat, through the Style Council's white soul, to the '90s excursions into folk and psychedelia.’
    • ‘Interspersed among the chapters describing these rambles are excursions into the history of the waterfront's architecture, geology, literature and development.’
    • ‘The first memorably charts his wife's descent into Alzheimer's, but all progress into meditations on bereavement with its consolations of memory and excursions into the fantasies which have relieved his grief.’
    • ‘Though he makes some brief excursions into consciously literary forms, the overall tone of his writing is terse, colloquial, practical, laconic.’
    • ‘After a short excursion into the field of metallurgy, he studied painting and etching at the Royal Academy in London and later at a private art school in Paris.’
    • ‘I think about that summer and how rock and roll changed my life. It took me down a different path, a different excursion than I thought I would travel.’
    • ‘My exchange with Zwick has been an interesting excursion into just how difficult pinning down historical facts in music can be.’
    • ‘From the introduction (with its unnecessary excursions into literary theory) to the 30 pages of notes runs the implicit claim, I'm not stupid.’
    • ‘This, however, is a small criticism of a show which, apart from being one of this year's must-see exhibitions, offers a unique excursion into the collective consciousness of a vanished world.’
    • ‘To understand the underlying basis of the Buteyko method and related methods (such as the Self-Healer) a short excursion to the root of the problem may help.’
    • ‘From there the album takes a short excursion into a more experimental direction that isn't quite as satisfying.’
    • ‘He peppers the storytelling with African-American colloquialisms and excursions into patois that echo his native Trinidad, the South, the street, the church and the bush.’
    • ‘The songs are, with a few mid-paced riffing excursions along the way, deathly slow.’
    • ‘The new songs sound like classic Ornette Coleman - similar in emphasis to his vintage small group jazz performances rather than his later excursions into world music, symphony pieces and funk.’
    • ‘In the middle, there are less enjoyable but revealing excursions into two later junctures in the singer's career, studies in alienation, frustration and compromise.’
    1. 3.1archaic A digression.
      ‘pardon this long excursion on this subject’


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘act of running out’, also ‘sortie’ in the phrase alarums and excursions (see alarum): from Latin excursio(n-), from the verb excurrere run out, from ex- out + currere to run.