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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Visitor \Vis"it*or\ [Cf. F. visiteur.] [Written also visiter.] 1. One who visits; one who comes or goes to see another, as in civility or friendship. "This great flood of visitors." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A superior, or a person lawfully appointed for the purpose, who makes formal visits of inspection to a corporation or an institution. See Visit, v. t., 2, and Visitation, n., 2. [1913 Webster] The king is the visitor of all lay corporations. --Blackstone. [1913 Webster]