When visiting a place, for leisure or business, do you consider yourself to be a “Visiter” or a “Visitor”?
We want to know what is the correct spelling for this word. We also want to know what’s the correct meaning and appropriate use of the correct form of the word.
“Visitor” is the correct spelling for the word that indicates the individual who visits a person or place. They don’t live or work in the place, they’re just visiting. This is the word you should use when describing this situation. “Visiter” is incorrect and, as such, should be avoided.
Take a look at the examples below:
- Pardon the mess, but we don’t have visiters often. (incorrect)
- Pardon the mess, butwe don’t have visitors often.
As you can see from the examples, “Visitor” is the correct and acceptable form of the word. “Visiter” is an incorrect spelling and shouldn’t be used.
In situations where we compare a correct word with an incorrect one, we can be very straight to the point. The recommendation is very simple and clear: always use “Visitor” and avoid using “Visiter”, at all costs.
“Visiter” is a common misspelling of the word “Visitor”, that’s used to indicate someone who visits another person or a place. As with any incorrect form, “Visiter” should be avoided and not used in your sentences.
Let’s go over some examples that include the incorrect form “Visiter”, followed by the corrected version of the same sentence, with the correct word “Visitor”.
- There are some visiters for you. (incorrect)
- There are some visitors for you.
- Charlotte will be having visiters for the next few days. (incorrect)
- Charlotte will be having visitors for the next few days.
- The visiter was knocking at the door. (incorrect)
- The visitor was knocking at the door.
“Visitor” is the correct spelling for the word that indicates an individual who visits a person or a place. “Visitor” makes a clear distinction between the people who live or work in the place that’s being visited.
“Visitor” is the only acceptable form of the word, which you can use in your speeches. “Visiter” is not an acceptable alternative.
The definition we find in The Cambridge Dictionary for the word “Visitor” is very similar to the one we have above. It adds to it, though, saying: “someone who goes to a website on the Internet”. That goes to say that people “Visit” Internet websites, and are considered “Visitors”.
Take a look at some helpful examples:
- All visitors must check in at reception.
- Visitors of the city often frequented the city square.
- Are you only a visitor, or do you live here?
- Linda told me the visitor was her brother.
- I wanted to make sure the establishment was welcoming to casual visitors.
- In this house, visitors are treated like family.
When comparing correct words with incorrect ones, we tend to guess which one would be used more often. In your opinion, do people say more: “Visitor” or “Visiter”? Take a look at the graph from Google Ngram Viewer below to find out.
“Visitor” is the preferred word, which appears more often. “Visitor” is more popular than its alternate “Visiter” by a large difference. It makes sense because it’s the correct form of the word, which people should have incorporated into their vocabulary.
“Visiter” is an incorrect form, a misspelling, and appears at the bottom of the graph, rarely used. We weren’t surprised by that either, since all incorrect forms shouldn’t be used at all.
Whenever you need to talk about an individual who’s visiting a home or a place of business, use the word “Visitor”.
“Visitor” is the appropriate spelling for the word that is used to indicate an individual who visits a place or a person. You can use it in your communications. “Visiter” is a common misspelling of this word and, as with any incorrect form, it should be avoided and not used.