walk|a|bout [ `wɔkə,baut ] noun count AUSTRALIAN
a long journey made through the Australian OUTBACK (=areas that are far from cities or towns and are not used for growing crops) by ABORIGINES for religious and cultural reasons

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  • Walkabout — is an Australian term referring to the commonly held belief that Australian Aborigines would go walkabout at the age of thirteen in the wilderness for six months as a rite of passage. In this practice they would trace the paths (the so called… …   Wikipedia

  • walkabout — [wôk′ə bout΄] n. 1. Austral. a periodic return to nomadic life in the Outback by an Aborigine: often in the phrase to go (on) walkabout 2. Brit. a) a walking tour b) an informal stroll through a crowd, as by royalty …   English World dictionary

  • walkabout — (n.) periodic migration by a westernized Aboriginal into the bush, 1828, Australian English, from WALK (Cf. walk) (v.) + ABOUT (Cf. about) …   Etymology dictionary

  • walkabout — ► NOUN 1) chiefly Brit. an informal stroll among a crowd conducted by an important visitor. 2) Austral. a journey on foot undertaken by an Australian Aboriginal in order to live in the traditional manner …   English terms dictionary

  • Walkabout — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Walkabout est une expression anglophone à plusieurs significations : Définitions Walkabout est un mot pidgin australien faisant référence au rite de… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • walkabout — /ˈwɔkəbaʊt / (say wawkuhbowt) noun 1. a period of wandering as a nomad, often as undertaken by Aboriginal people who feel the need to leave the place where they are in contact with white society, and return for spiritual replenishment to their… …   Australian English dictionary

  • walkabout — [[t]wɔ͟ːkəbaʊt[/t]] walkabouts N COUNT A walkabout is a walk by a king, queen, or other important person through a public place in order to meet people in an informal way. [mainly BRIT] He was ambushed by angry protesters during a walkabout in… …   English dictionary

  • walkabout — noun Date: 1908 1. a short period of wandering bush life engaged in by an Australian aborigine as an occasional interruption of regular work often used in the phrase go walkabout < the man who went walkabout was making a ritual journey Bruce… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • walkabout — noun (C) 1 BrE informal an occasion when an important person walks through a crowd, talking informally to people: go on a walkabout: The Prince went on a walkabout near the war memorial. 2 go walkabout BrE spoken humorous to disappear: My watch… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • walkabout — UK [ˈwɔːkəˌbaʊt] / US [ˈwɔkəˌbaʊt] noun [countable] Word forms walkabout : singular walkabout plural walkabouts 1) British an occasion when a famous or important person walks through a crowd and talks to people The Prime Minister went walkabout… …   English dictionary

  • Walkabout — Para otros usos de este término, véase Walkabout (desambiguación). Walkabout (el ambulado o andado en inglés) es un rito de iniciación de los aborígenes australianos al que se someten en el periodo de la adolescencia y durante el cual viven en el …   Wikipedia Español

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