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1 a journey or route all the way around a particular place or area; "they took an extended tour of Europe"; "we took a quick circuit of the park"; "a ten-day coach circuit of the island" [syn: circuit]
2 a time for working (after which you will be relieved by someone else); "it's my go"; "a spell of work" [syn: go, spell, turn]
3 a period of time spent in military service [syn: enlistment, hitch, term of enlistment, tour of duty, duty tour] v : make a tour of a certain place; "We toured the Provence this summer"

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From tour, tourn, from the verb torner, tourner.


  1. A journey through a particular building, estate, country, etc.
  2. A guided visit to a particular place, or virtual place.
  3. A journey through a given list of places, such as by an entertainer performing concerts.
  4. A trip taken to another nation by a test side in which several matches will be played
  5. A tower.


guided visit
performance excursion


  1. To make a journey; as, to tour throughout a country.
  2. To make a circuit of a place




Etymology 1

From turris (tower).


fr-noun f
  1. tower
    La Tour de Pise est penchée. - The Tower of Pisa is leaning.
  2. rook

Etymology 2

From torner, tourner.


fr-noun m

Etymology 3

From tornus.


fr-noun m

Extensive Definition

Tour may mean:
  • James Tour, nanoscientist
  • Le Tour de France, the world's biggest bicycle race
  • A tour of duty, a period of time spent in military service
  • A guided or unguided tour of a significant building or location, often of historical importance.
  • A tour used as punishment
  • Professional golf tours
  • the Grand Tour, a journey across Europe popular amongst young British upper-class men in the 18th century
  • Another name for a Hamiltonian cycle
  • Campus Tour is a way to expose the facility and activities of University and/or college campus.

See also

  • Tourn, made by medieval sheriffs in England
tour in German: Tour
tour in French: Tour
tour in Italian: Tour
tour in Dutch: Tour
tour in Polish: Tour

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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