Definition of “tourist” - English Dictionary

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“tourist” in British English

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touristnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtʊə.rɪst/ /ˈtɔː.rɪst/ us /ˈtʊr.ɪst/

A2 someone who visits a place for pleasure and interest, usually while on holiday:

Millions of tourists visit Rome every year.
Hordes (= very large groups) of tourists flock to the Mediterranean each year.
Disneyworld is one of Florida's major tourist attractions.
The island is very busy during the tourist season.

UK a member of a sports team who is travelling from place to place in a foreign country, playing games:

The West Indies easily defeated the tourists.

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  • I must look like the typical tourist with my shorts and my camera.
  • My dad has a cottage which he rents out to tourists.
  • The Caribbean is a popular tourist destination.
  • Bus-loads of tourists pour into this place in the summer.
  • A year after the hurricane, tourists are gradually beginning to come back to the region.

(Definition of “tourist” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“tourist” in American English

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touristnoun [ C ]

us /ˈtʊr·ɪst/

a person who travels and visits places for pleasure and interest:

Millions of tourists visit Rome every year.

(Definition of “tourist” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“tourist” in Business English

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touristnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈtʊərɪst/ us TRANSPORT, COMMERCE

someone who visits a place for pleasure and interest, usually on holiday:

Millions of tourists visit Rome every year.
The island is very busy during the tourist season.

(Definition of “tourist” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)