Meaning of TOURIST in English


tour ‧ ist W3 /ˈtʊərəst, ˈtʊərɪst $ ˈtʊr-/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

someone who is visiting a place for pleasure on holiday:

Cambridge is always full of tourists in the summer.

The Statue of Liberty is a major tourist attraction.

What effect will this have on the local tourist industry?

tourist centre/destination/resort etc

Durham, with its cathedral and castle, is a popular tourist centre.

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■ adjectives

▪ foreign tourists

Millions of foreign tourists visit the capital every year.

▪ an American/Japanese etc tourist

She saw a crowd of Japanese tourists, cameras at the ready, wandering down the path.

■ verbs

▪ tourists visit a place

About six million tourists visit the country each year.

▪ tourists flock to a place (=visit it in large numbers)

Tourists have flocked to the area ever since the TV series was filmed there.

▪ attract/draw tourists

They hope to change the image of the city and attract more tourists.

■ tourist + NOUN

▪ a tourist attraction (=an interesting place for tourists to see or an enjoyable activity for them to do)

Yellowstone National Park is a major tourist attraction.

▪ a tourist destination/centre/spot

Egypt became a popular tourist destination in the nineteenth century.

▪ the tourist industry

The tourist industry is booming, with more visitors this year than ever before.

▪ the tourist season (=the period in a year when large numbers of tourists visit a place)

Even in the tourist season the beaches don’t get packed.

■ phrases

▪ a group/party of tourists

The guide was talking to a party of tourists.

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▪ tourist someone who is visiting a place for pleasure on holiday:

The hotel is very popular with tourists.


a major tourist destination

▪ traveller British English , traveler American English someone who travels somewhere:

a weary traveller returning home after a long journey


The building’s luxurious interior will appeal to business travellers.


The strike will affect air travellers.


Paul Theroux, the American traveller, once went from London to India by train.

▪ visitor someone who comes to visit a particular country, area, museum etc:

Times Square attracts more than 30 million visitors annually.

▪ holiday-maker British English , vacationer American English someone who is on holiday somewhere:

The beach was packed with holiday-makers.


75 percent of Alamo's rentals are to vacationers.

▪ sightseer a tourist who is visiting a famous or interesting place:

Crowds of sightseers come to London every year.

▪ backpacker someone who is travelling for pleasure, staying in cheap accommodation and carrying a ↑ backpack :

a cheap hotel which is used mainly by backpackers

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.