Definition of tourist in English:

tourist

noun

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

    ‘the pyramids have drawn tourists to Egypt’
    • ‘Both fields are close to ancient Silbury Hill, which is popular with travellers and tourists alike.’
    • ‘You can see immediately that this is no tour bus stop for visiting Asian budget holiday tourists.’
    • ‘York is also in need of another key visitor attraction to keep tourists in the city for longer, the Vision report continues.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Scotland could benefit from tourists travelling within or to the UK but avoiding London.’
    • ‘It will certainly leave a more favourable impression with visiting tourists.’
    • ‘In the summer the forest is alive with the sound of bird song and the bustle of visiting tourists.’
    • ‘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 was probably an advantage for me when I first got out there that my English accent made everyone think I was a tourist.’
    • ‘In the cell next door are five more British tourists and two Dutch nationals.’
    • ‘The town has developed all types of tourists and the local Tourism Centre has information on them all.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It will no longer be possible to dismiss tourism, to view tourists as a threat to be managed.’
    • ‘The twin elephants were popular attractions with tourists at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo.’
    • ‘Some locals have trained to become guides or chefs for sightseeing tourists.’
    • ‘Some Danish tourists have been watching the game before their round, but have given up and left to tee off.’
    • ‘Twenty five million tourists visit London annually, and another six hundred and fifty thousand commute.’
    • ‘An American tourist in London decides to skip his tour group and explore the city on his own.’
    • ‘They evidently have guest houses spread throughout Israel and operate tours for tourists.’
    • ‘All this certainly accounts for the success of these tours, with tourists from all over the world as well as local people.’
    • ‘As with the Gulf War in 1991, it will take at least five years for US tourists to come back again.’
    • ‘Here's a little snapshot of why our tourists don't really take to Scotland too much.’
    • ‘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.’
    holidaymaker, traveller, sightseer, visitor, excursionist, backpacker, globetrotter, day tripper, tripper
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  • 2

    short for tourist class

verb

[NO OBJECT]rare
  • Travel as a tourist.

    ‘American families touristing abroad’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘We touristed our way through Gamla Stan, the island containing much of the old town.’
    • ‘But we've spent the last couple of months mainly touristing around together.’

Pronunciation

tourist

/ˈtʊrəst//ˈto͝orəst/