Definition of tourist in English:



  • 1A person who is travelling or visiting a place for pleasure.

    ‘the pyramids have drawn tourists to Egypt’
    • ‘They evidently have guest houses spread throughout Israel and operate tours for tourists.’
    • ‘You can see immediately that this is no tour bus stop for visiting Asian budget holiday tourists.’
    • ‘This might explain why five tourists crammed into the three seats next to me at the front of the top deck for most of the journey.’
    • ‘You need to speak to the local people who don't mix with tourists, who don't know the West's version of the yetis.’
    • ‘It will no longer be possible to dismiss tourism, to view tourists as a threat to be managed.’
    • ‘Twenty five million tourists visit London annually, and another six hundred and fifty thousand commute.’
    • ‘Both fields are close to ancient Silbury Hill, which is popular with travellers and tourists alike.’
    • ‘All this certainly accounts for the success of these tours, with tourists from all over the world as well as local people.’
    • ‘The town has developed all types of tourists and the local Tourism Centre has information on them all.’
    • ‘They can be a pleasure for the tourist, a convenience for the locals - but a sign of ill-health for the economy.’
    • ‘Now, Egypt apart, all these countries tend to present one problem or another for the visiting tourist.’
    • ‘We have had a good response from the tour companies and tourists, and we can see that today the zoo is as crowed as in the past.’
    • ‘Some locals have trained to become guides or chefs for sightseeing tourists.’
    • ‘The twin elephants were popular attractions with tourists at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo.’
    • ‘In the cell next door are five more British tourists and two Dutch nationals.’
    • ‘An American tourist in London decides to skip his tour group and explore the city on his own.’
    • ‘In the summer the forest is alive with the sound of bird song and the bustle of visiting tourists.’
    • ‘Here's a little snapshot of why our tourists don't really take to Scotland too much.’
    • ‘It was probably an advantage for me when I first got out there that my English accent made everyone think I was a tourist.’
    • ‘York is also in need of another key visitor attraction to keep tourists in the city for longer, the Vision report continues.’
    • ‘Scotland could benefit from tourists travelling within or to the UK but avoiding London.’
    • ‘Some Danish tourists have been watching the game before their round, but have given up and left to tee off.’
    • ‘It will certainly leave a more favourable impression with visiting tourists.’
    • ‘As with the Gulf War in 1991, it will take at least five years for US tourists to come back again.’
    holidaymaker, traveller, sightseer, visitor, excursionist, backpacker, globetrotter, day tripper, tripper
    explorer, pilgrim, voyager, journeyer
    vacationer, vacationist, out-of-towner
    grockle, emmet
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  • 2British A member of a touring sports team.

    ‘Worcestershire have beaten the tourists with five wickets to spare’
    • ‘If Clive Woodward's side is going to beat the tourists then it will be down to the free running backs to inflict the damage.’
    • ‘The tourists looked for runs from the beginning to put pressure on the hosts.’
    • ‘He was also a GB tourist and coached at international level with Scotland.’
    • ‘Earlier in the day, the tourists were sent galloping along by former Spen batsman Wasim Jaffer.’
    • ‘He has not been an enthusiastic tourist and while always a team man, could often appear a remote and solitary figure off the field.’
    • ‘The first hour indicated that the tourists had not yet recovered from the shock of the Galle match.’
    • ‘If it's true a team follows its leader, the tourists are in worse straits than the score suggests.’
    • ‘The tourists were in complete control of the match from the moment they won the toss on Saturday morning.’
    • ‘John Sparling had all but finished his sixth over against the tourists when Umpire Shortt lost count.’
    • ‘The tourists will no doubt rest some of their big stars and allow some of the junior members of the team a chance to play.’
    • ‘The tourists won their fourth straight victory by eight wickets, in the 36th over.’


  • Travel as a tourist.

    ‘American families touristing abroad’
    • ‘But we've spent the last couple of months mainly touristing around together.’
    • ‘We touristed our way through Gamla Stan, the island containing much of the old town.’
    • ‘There are loads of interesting foreigners knocking about, touristing.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, if you are exploring, touristing or just gossiping and have access to e-mail - get writing!’
    • ‘I've been touristing (refuse to go travelling - say no) with Joe for a few months now, and there are a couple of soundbites/mottos that remind me of the whole experience, including when we hooked up with Mike.’