grand tour


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grand tour

n.
1. A comprehensive tour or survey.
2. An extended tour of continental Europe formerly considered a finishing course in the education of young men of the English upper class.

grand tour

n
1. (Historical Terms) (formerly) an extended tour through the major cities of Europe, esp one undertaken by a rich or aristocratic Englishman to complete his education
2. informal an extended sightseeing trip, tour of inspection, etc

grand′ tour′


n.
1. an extended tour of Europe, formerly regarded as beneficial to young British gentlemen.
2. an extended informative tour.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.grand tour - an extended cultural tour of Europe taken by wealthy young Englishmen (especially in the 18th century) as part of their education
tour, circuit - 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"
2.grand tour - a sightseeing tour of a building or institution
tour, circuit - 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"
Translations
grand tour

Grand Tour

n (old) → il giro dell'Europa
we did a or the Grand Tour of Venice → abbiamo fatto il giro completo di Venezia
References in classic literature ?
When she came down, looking like a pretty Quakeress in her dovecolored suit and straw bonnet tied with white, they all gathered about her to say goodby, as tenderly as if she had been going to make the grand tour.
At the outset, on his leaving Paris, his curiosity had not been intense; passive entertainment, in the Champs Elysees and at the theatres, seemed about as much as he need expect of himself, and although, as he had said to Tristram, he wanted to see the mysterious, satisfying BEST, he had not the Grand Tour in the least on his conscience, and was not given to cross-questioning the amusement of the hour.
To put it more soberly, the schoolboy had something of the stolid air of a young duke doing the grand tour, while his elderly relative was reduced to the position of a courier, who nevertheless had to pay for everything like a patron.
Miss Volumnia rising with a look candlestick-wards, Sir Leicester politely performs the grand tour of the drawing-room, brings one, and lights it at my Lady's shaded lamp.
Servants ought to be made to dress like servants, as they do abroad; then we should have no more trouble," observed Miss Perkins, who had just made the grand tour, and had brought home a French maid.
com chief executive Jeff Bezos has admitted launching The Grand Tour - in a deal believed to cost PS160million - was "very, very, very expensive".
JEREMY Clarkson's new Amazon show The Grand Tour was grounded - as his flight to film in South Africa faced long delays.
Le ministre de la Jeunesse et des Sports, Mohamed Tahmi, a indique, hier, a Alger, que le Grand Tour d'Algerie cycliste-2014 (GTAC), prevu 8 au 29 mars prochain, est [beaucoup moins que]un evenement majeur et prioritaire pour mettre en valeur l'image de l'Algerie et faire valoir ses caracteristiques culturelles[beaucoup plus grand que].
The Sir Watkin Williams Wynn, exhibition - A Holiday of a Lifetime: The Grand Tour, Art and Wales - opens at Wrexham County Borough Museum and Archives, will run until Saturday April 13.
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MARK Cavendish won the points jersey at the Vuelta a Espana yesterday, becoming the first Briton in 21 years to earn the sprinters' title at a Grand Tour.
Passport officials in Germany will be practising their slowest stamping methods when they hear The Grand Tour is heading towards their shores.