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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: tour, tourn 'circular course, turn'; TURN1

tour

1 noun
     
Related topics: Performing, Tourism, Sport
tour1 W2 [countable]
1DLT a journey for pleasure, during which you visit several different towns, areas etc
tour of/around/round
a 10-day tour of China
a walking/cycling/sightseeing etc tour
a cycling tour of Cornwall
We met on a coach tour in Italy.
package tour
2DLT a short trip through a place to see it
tour of/around/round
a guided tour around the Kennedy Space Center
Kim worked as a tour guide in Cambridge last summer.
3APDS a planned journey made by musicians, a sports team etc in order to perform or play in several places
tour of
the England cricket team's tour of India
on tour
The Moscow Symphony Orchestra is here on tour.
the first leg of the band's European tour (=the first part of it)
4 a period during which you go to live somewhere, usually abroad, to do your job, especially military work:
his third tour in Northern Ireland
5

tour of inspection

an official visit to a place, institution, group etc in order to check its quality or performance

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