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In Latin, the prefix ex- means "out of" and the verb currere means "to run." When the two are put together, they form the verb excurrere , literally "to run out" or "to extend." Excurrere gave rise not only to excursion but also to excurrent (an adjective for things having channels or currents that run outward) and excursus (meaning "an appendix or digression that contains further exposition of some point or topic"). Other words deriving from currere include corridor , curriculum , and among newer words, parkour .

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Latin excursion-, excursio , from excurrere

circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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from Latin excursio, excursion- "a going out," from excurrere "to run out, make an excursion, extend," from ex- "out, forth" and currere "to run" — related to current

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a short trip or outing to some place, usually for a special purpose and with the intention of a prompt return: a pleasure excursion; a scientific excursion.

a trip on a train, ship, etc., at a reduced rate: weekend excursions to mountain resorts.

the group of persons making such a journey: an excursion of tourists.

a deviation or digression: excursions into futile philosophizing.

Physics . the displacement of a body or a point from a mean position or neutral value, as in an oscillation.

an accidental increase in the power level of a reactor, usually forcing its emergency shutdown.

Machinery .

the range of stroke of any moving part.

the stroke itself.

Obsolete . a sally or raid.

to go on or take an excursion.

of, relating to, or intended for use on excursions: an excursion fare; an excursion bus.

Origin of excursion

Other words from excursion.

  • ex·cur·sion·al, ex·cur·sion·ar·y, adjective
  • pre·ex·cur·sion, noun

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How to use excursion in a sentence

It’s important that your significant other or family is supportive, since your new obsession will likely become all-consuming, and most of your outdoor excursions will now revolve around searching for animal poop in the woods.

Insulated, waterproof footwear like the Paninaro Omni-Heat Tall Boot will go a long way in making your snow bike or snowshoe excursion a treat rather than a trial.

More time outdoors has been great for dialing in our kit for weekend excursions.

The thought of being able to knock out a three-day excursion with just a single carry-on is tantalizing.

I’ve spent the past two months testing the pack on a handful of short camp-outs and a seven-day family surf excursion , and the SEG42 delivered the organization I desperately needed.

It is disappointing and, frankly, frightening that Thompson walked away from his repugnant Sea World excursion scot-free.

Several events specifically cater to kids, making this a fun excursion for the whole family.

I learned a lot about myself on that excursion , and from the trip as a whole.

There was, instead, a nauseating excursion into base and sad fantasies.

While a two-day feeding frenzy makes for a fun excursion , the human body is only capable of so much consumption.

Out gets Uncle David, looking brown and healthy after his northern excursion .

The other day an excursion was arranged to Sondershausen, a town about three hours' ride from Weimar in the cars.

We got back to Weimar about eight in the evening, and this delicious excursion , like all others, had to end.

To my friends ever since I have not failed to recommend the passage of the Butterley tunnel as a desirable pleasure excursion .

From childhood I had longed to see something of the world, and this excursion to Paris was the first gratification of that wish.

British Dictionary definitions for excursion

/ ( ɪkˈskɜːʃən , -ʒən ) /

a short outward and return journey, esp for relaxation, sightseeing, etc; outing

a group of people going on such a journey

(modifier) of or relating to special reduced rates offered on certain journeys by rail : an excursion ticket

a digression or deviation; diversion : an excursion into politics

(formerly) a raid or attack

a movement from an equilibrium position, as in an oscillation

the magnitude of this displacement

the normal movement of a movable bodily organ or part from its resting position, such as the lateral movement of the lower jaw

machinery the locus of a point on a moving part, esp the deflection of a whirling shaft

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  • American English : excursion / ɪkˈskɜrʒən /
  • Brazilian Portuguese : excursão
  • Chinese : 短途旅行
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  • German : Ausflug
  • Italian : escursione
  • Japanese : 小旅行
  • Korean : 짧은 여행
  • European Portuguese : excursão
  • Latin American Spanish : excursión
  • Thai : การเที่ยวพักผ่อนหย่อนใจ, การเที่ยวช่วงสั้นๆ

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Definition of trip noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  • have/take a vacation/a break/a day off/a year off/time off
  • go on/be on vacation/leave/honeymoon/safari/sabbatical/a trip/a tour/a cruise/a pilgrimage
  • go backpacking/camping/sightseeing
  • plan a trip/a vacation/your itinerary
  • reserve a hotel room/a flight/tickets
  • have/make/cancel a reservation
  • rent a condo/a vacation home/a cabin
  • rent a car/bicycle/moped/scooter/Jet Ski
  • stay in a hotel/a bed and breakfast/a youth hostel/a villa/a trailer/a vacation home/a resort/a timeshare
  • cost/charge $100 a/per night for a suite/a single/double/twin room
  • check into/out of a hotel/a motel/your room
  • pack/unpack your suitcase/bags
  • call/order room service
  • cancel/cut short a trip/vacation
  • apply for/get/renew a/your passport
  • take out/buy/get travel insurance
  • catch/miss your plane/train/ferry/connecting flight
  • fly (in)/travel (in) first/business/economy class
  • make/have a brief/two-day/twelve-hour layover/stopover in Hong Kong
  • experience/cause/lead to delays
  • check (in)/collect/get/lose your baggage/luggage
  • be charged for/pay excess baggage fees
  • board/get on/leave/get off the aircraft/plane/ship/ferry
  • taxi down/leave/approach/hit/overshoot the runway
  • experience/hit/encounter (mild/severe) turbulence
  • suffer from/recover from/get over your jet lag/motion sickness
  • be seasick/carsick
  • attract/draw/bring tourists/visitors
  • encourage/promote/hurt tourism
  • promote/develop ecotourism
  • build/develop/visit a tourist/tropical/beach/ski resort
  • work for/be operated by a major hotel chain
  • be served by/compete with low-fare/low-cost/budget airlines
  • use/go to/have a travel agent
  • contact/check with your travel agent/tour operator
  • buy/be on/go on a package deal/vacation/tour
  • buy/bring back (tacky/overpriced) souvenirs

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Travel vs. Trip vs. Journey

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The act of going to another place (often for a short period of time) and returning.

  • We took a five-day trip to the Amazon.
  • You’re back from vacation! How was your trip ?
  • I went on business trips to Switzerland and Germany last month.

Use the verbs “take” and “go on” with trip .

  • A round-trip ticket is a ticket for going and coming back.
  • A one-way ticket is only for going.

Travel (v.)

Going to another place (in general).

  • I really like to travel.
  • He travels frequently for work.
  • My sister is currently  traveling through South America.

Travel (n.) can be used to describe the act of traveling in general:

  • Travel in that region of the country is dangerous.
  • World travel gives you a new perspective.

Incorrect uses of travel :

  • I bought this shirt on my  travel  to Thailand. I bought this shirt on my  trip  to Thailand.
  • I’m planning a travel to the U.S. next year. I’m planning to travel to the U.S. next year. I’m planning a trip to the U.S. next year.

Journey (n.)

One piece of travel (going from one place to another) – usually a long distance.

  • The journey takes 3 hours by plane or 28 hours by bus.
  • He made the 200-mile journey by bike.
  • “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step” – Lao-tze,  Tao Te Ching

We can also use journey in a more “metaphorical” way to talk about progress in life:

  • He has overcome a lot of problems on his spiritual journey.
  • My uncle is an alcoholic, but he’s beginning the journey of recovery.

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What is the Difference Between Tour and Excursion

The main difference between tour and excursion is that the time period spent on an excursion is comparatively shorter than the time period taken for a tour.

In brief, the term tour refers to a period of travel where you see a defined area, whereas an excursion is a day outing made usually by a group of people to have fun. For instance, you may go on a tour of India next week. While visiting India, you will make an excursion to enjoy the delicacies sold along the streets in Delhi. However, once you have visited all the pre-planned places in India, then your tour is complete, and you will return to your country.

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1.  What is a Tour     – Definition, Features 2.  What is an Excursion      – Definition, Features 3.  Similarities Between Tour and Excursion      – Outline of Common Characteristics 4.  Difference Between Tour and Excursion     – Comparison of Key Differences

Difference Between Tour and Excursion - Comparison Summary

What is a Tour

The word “tour” can be simply defined as a journey for pleasure, education, sports, or business, which often involves a series of stops. However, a tour ends when the tourist returns back to the starting point.

People make tours for various reasons. There are lots of physical and psychological health benefits of taking tours. For instance, taking a tour is an effective way of cutting down on stress, consequently leading to minimize your chances of developing cardiac diseases.

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Furthermore, simply sticking to your daily routine for a long time can bring you more harm than good. Tours can passively help you to disconnect from your monotonous everyday life. Most significantly, tours into varying communities give you the opportunity to grow empathy towards alien cultures . In brief, the purpose of taking tours may differ from one person to another, but going on tours always gives a chance to develop empathy and a deeper understanding of foreign cultures.

What is an Excursion

An excursion is an outing made by a group of people for leisure, physical purposes, education, socializing, etc. Most often, an excursion takes place as an adjunct to a longer journey or a tour.

Going on an excursion allows you many benefits. Most importantly, excursions educate you while allowing you to have a memorable time.  Similar to a tour, when you are engaged in an excursion, you are always going to explore something new. Furthermore, excursions allow you to experience new cultures from which you were cut off before.

Tour and Excursion Differences

For instance, just imagine that you are a fashion designer in France for a tour. Then planning an excursion to  Paris is something that really needs to be done because Paris is the heart of fashion where you have so much to explore in terms of fashion and style. In brief, excursions offer you first-hand experiences and provide you with the chance to dive into a new culture, promising you a much more effective learning experience as a whole.

Similarities Between Tour and Excursion

  • A tour or an excursion can have many purposes: pleasure, education, relaxation, etc:
  • Both types of travelling help you to take a break from your everyday life.
  • Be it a tour or an excursion, both have the possibility to expose you to new cultural factors.
  • Both can be confidence and social skill boosters.
  • Depending on the purpose of your tour or excursion, both can give you a chance for exploration.
  • Both let you create lifetime memories and get new experiences.
  • They can give you a chance for real-life learning.

Difference Between Tour and Excursion

In brief, the term tour refers to a period of travel where you see a defined area, whereas an excursion is a day outing made usually by a group of people to have fun which is often an adjunct to a longer journey or a tour.

Time Duration

The time spent on an excursion is usually less than the time period taken to complete a tour. You can engage in excursions while you are on tour.

The purpose of a tour or an excursion may differ from one person to another. However, basically, a tourist may look for pleasure, relaxation, education, business, sports, etc. while an excursionist would aim at socializing, pleasure, exploration, physical activities, or education.

Planning and Preparation

A tour requires pre-planning and preparation, so it takes more time to plan a tour. Excursions, on the other hand, are more sudden in nature.

Terminology Associated

A person who goes on a tour is called a tourist, whereas a person who engages in an excursion is called an excursionist.

The main difference between tour and excursion is that the time duration a tourist might take to complete his tour is quite long compared to the time an excursionist might take to complete the outing. However, both tours and excursions can be adventurous and may benefit in expanding your social network and boosting your confidence.

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Tour vs Excursion: Difference and Comparison

The entirety of existence can be compressed into a set of memories. We aspire to live our lives in such a way that one day when we look back, we are awarded an array of images picked from our experiences.

And a major bunch of these memories is formed during tours and excursions we go on with our loved ones, be it friends or family.

Key Takeaways Tours are longer and cover various destinations within a region or country. Excursions are short trips from a main location, focusing on specific attractions or activities. Tours include accommodations and transportation, while excursions may require travelers to arrange their own.

Tour vs Excursion

The difference between tour and excursion is that a tour refers to a pre-planned event that spans several days. On the other hand, excursions could be planned or unplanned and last for a much briefer period, a day or less. The duration between a tour and an excursion is their distinctive difference.

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Tours are fun, activity-filled holidays that humans indulge in every once in a while to escape their daily lives. We hold fond memories of tours that we went on as high schoolers, the religious tours the entire family undertook, and later the office and personal tours we embarked on.

Tours last for multiple days and focus on a specific area range.   

Excursions refer to brief retreats undertaken to relieve tension or the monotony of routine. Excursions can be considered a part of tours when a small deviation occurs to experience something new.

Typically described as an outing made for the day to relax, they often refer to trips to the zoo , park, temple, restaurants, etc.

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What is a tour.

Tour is officially described as a journey undertaken by a person or group seeking pleasure or for official, educational, spiritual, sport, or cultural purposes.

This event undergoes several plans, preparations, and procedures to be untaken before its actualization. A tour often has a destination that is planned to be explored. This is done by stopping at the tourist sites that the location owns.

The person on tour is the tourist. The tour is considered to be completed when the tourist returns to their initial point of beginning.

A tour could have a single person on a journey of exploration based on fun or self-actualization. On the other hand, a family on vacation or a couple exploring a city are also categorized as tours.

For those traveling to be relieved of their daily life, a tour could be the perfect opportunity to discover new places, spend time with friends and family, get involved with fun activities, etc.

Tours are scientifically proven to boost an individual’s mental and physical health. And undoubtedly, they are a far better alternative than doing cardio exercises.

Tours are also undertaken for an official purpose, such as signing a deal or educational, a research team in a rainforest, etc.


What is an Excursion?

An excursion can be referred to as a mini-tour. The official definition of excursion states it as an outing that is decided and gone through by a group of people.

These are day outings that from a few to several hours. The primary objective of the excursion is to spend a few leisure hours.

Despite the relaxing nature of an excursion, they can also be undertaken for educational purposes, such as a school excursion to libraries or museums.

Apart from this, excursions can also refer to deviations on tour. It is a digression from the plan for the tour, such as visiting a popular restaurant in the city the individual is visiting that wasn’t originally part of the tour planning.

Therefore, it is an adjunct to tours. It also has a narrow scope; excursions can occur in the middle of the tours. However, tours are not included during excursions.

Excursion could refer to a brief trip undertaken by the school management in taking the children to a park, zoo, or museum. On the other hand, it could also refer to a set of friends or colleagues taking a day off to relax on a beach or farmhouse .

Sometimes, excursions could mean something as simple as visiting a new restaurant. Due to their brief nature, excursions are comparatively inexpensive and require less planning. People on excursions are called excursionists.

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Main Differences Between Tour and Excursion

  • A tour refers to a defined period of travel that includes visiting a pre-decided location. An excursion refers to a group of people deciding on an outing.
  • While tours can last for several days, sometimes even months, excursions are limited to a single day.
  • Tours cannot occur in the middle of an excursion. However, excursions could be adjuncts of a tour.
  • People undertaking tours and excursions are termed tourists and excursionists, respectively.
  • Due to the extended stay that tours require, several details such as food and stay need to be thought over and arranged prior to undertaking them. Excursions require an exponentially lesser amount of planning.

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  1. What's the difference between "trip" and "excursion"?

    1 I think the two words are pretty much synonymous, although trip seems like a possible hypernym of excursion. Of the two words, excursion is the "fancier" word, but it's very hard for me to come up with a scenario where one word is spot on and the other is not appropriate. - J.R. ♦ Oct 30, 2015 at 22:18 @J.R.

  2. What is the difference between journey, trip, voyage and excursion

    1 `journey' A journey is the process of travelling from one place to another by land, air, or sea. There is a direct train from London Paddington to Penzance. The journey takes around five hours. This service will save thousands of long-distance lorry journeys on Britain's roads. 2 `trip'

  3. Trip vs Excursion

    A period of time in which one experiences drug-induced reverie or hallucinations. A faux pas, a social error. Intense involvement in or enjoyment of a condition. (engineering) A mechanical or electrical cutout device. A quick, light step; a lively movement of the feet; a skip. * Sir ( Walter Scott)

  4. Excursion Definition & Meaning

    ex· cur· sion ik-ˈskər-zhən Synonyms of excursion 1 a : a going out or forth : expedition b (1) : a usually brief pleasure trip (2) : a trip at special reduced rates 2 : deviation from a direct, definite, or proper course especially : digression needless excursions into abstruse theory 3 : a movement outward and back or from a mean position or axis

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    A stumble or fall. Apr 21, 2022 Excursion A roundtrip in a passenger vehicle at a special low fare. Apr 21, 2022 ADVERTISEMENT Trip A maneuver causing someone to stumble or fall. Apr 21, 2022 Excursion A group taking a short pleasure trip together. Apr 21, 2022 Trip A mistake. Apr 21, 2022 Excursion


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    Excursion definition: a short trip or outing to some place, usually for a special purpose and with the intention of a prompt return. See examples of EXCURSION used in a sentence.

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    Thesaurus Join us Join our community to access the latest language learning and assessment tips from Oxford University Press! excursion into something (formal) a short period of trying a new or different activity After a brief excursion into drama, he concentrated on his main interest, which was poetry.

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    excursion: 1 n a journey taken for pleasure "many summer excursions to the shore" Synonyms: expedition , jaunt , junket , outing , pleasure trip , sashay Types: airing a short excursion (a walk or ride) in the open air field trip a group excursion (to a museum or the woods or some historic place) for firsthand examination Type of: journey , ...

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    8 meanings: 1. a short outward and return journey, esp for relaxation, sightseeing, etc; outing 2. a group of people going on.... Click for more definitions.

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    noun /trɪp/ /trɪp/ Idioms a journey to a place and back again, especially a short one for pleasure or a particular purpose Did you have a good trip? We went on a trip to the mountains. a boat/coach/bus trip a business/school/shopping trip a fishing/camping trip They took a trip down the river.

  12. Excursion vs Tour: The Main Differences And When To Use Them

    How To Properly Use The Words In A Sentence Choosing the right word to use in a sentence can make all the difference in effectively communicating your message. In the travel industry, the words "excursion" and "tour" are often used interchangeably, but they actually have distinct meanings that should be used correctly to avoid confusion.

  13. TRIP

    TRIP definition: 1. a journey in which you go somewhere, usually for a short time, and come back again: 2. an…. Learn more.

  14. trip_1 noun

    3 an act of falling or nearly falling down, because you hit your foot against something; Thesaurus trip. journey; tour; commute; expedition; excursion; outing; These are all words for an act of traveling to a place. trip an act of traveling from one place to another, and usually back again: a business trip a five-minute trip by taxi; journey an act of traveling from one place to another ...

  15. Excursion Definition & Meaning

    — often used figuratively Her brief excursion into politics [=her brief political career] ended badly. EXCURSION meaning: a short trip especially for pleasure often used figuratively


    EXCURSION definition: 1. a short journey usually made for pleasure, often by a group of people: 2. a short involvement…. Learn more.

  17. Excursion vs Tourism: When To Use Each One In Writing

    Define Excursion. An excursion is a short trip or outing, usually taken for pleasure or education. It is a brief journey that is often made for a specific purpose, such as sightseeing or exploring a particular location. Excursions can be organized by individuals, groups, or companies, and can range from a few hours to several days in length. ...

  18. Difference between "Trip", "Travel", and "Journey"

    There are small differences between these words. For one, travel is more commonly used as a verb than a noun. You won't really hear someone say "I'm going on a travel", but you'll often hear people say "I'm going on a trip". As for trip and journey, trip usually refers to a small casual outing that can be anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.Journey, however, has a more epic and grandiose ...

  19. Travel vs. Trip vs. Journey

    I bought this shirt on my trip to Thailand. I'm planning a travel to the U.S. next year. I'm planning to travel to the U.S. next year. I'm planning a trip to the U.S. next year. Journey (n.) One piece of travel (going from one place to another) - usually a long distance. The journey takes 3 hours by plane or 28 hours by bus.

  20. What is the Difference Between Tour and Excursion

    Difference Between Tour and Excursion Definition. In brief, the term tour refers to a period of travel where you see a defined area, whereas an excursion is a day outing made usually by a group of people to have fun which is often an adjunct to a longer journey or a tour. ... "Road-trip-van-couple-travel-4399206" (CC0) via Pixabay 2.

  21. Tour vs Excursion: Difference and Comparison

    Comparison Table What is a Tour? What is an Excursion? Main Differences Between Tour and Excursion References Related Articles Tour vs Excursion The difference between tour and excursion is that a tour refers to a pre-planned event that spans several days.

  22. Excursion vs Tour

    Tour is a synonym of excursion. As nouns the difference between excursion and tour is that excursion is a brief recreational trip; a journey out of the usual way while tour is a journey through a particular building, estate, country, etc. As a verb tour is to make a journey; as, to tour throughout a country. As a proper noun Tour is the Tour de France.

  23. Excursion vs. Tourism

    Tourism. The industry in which such travels and sightseeing are organized. Tourism brings a lot of tax revenue to the area. Dec 05, 2019. Excursion. The distance traversed in such a movement. Dec 05, 2019. Tourism. (figurative) The act of visiting another region or jurisdiction for a particular purpose.