Definition of tourist in English:



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

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

    short for tourist class


  • Travel as a tourist.

    ‘American families touristing abroad’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’