Simple Definition of expedition
: a journey especially by a group of people for a specific purpose (such as to explore a distant place or to do research)
: a group of people who travel together to a distant place : a group of people who go on an expedition
Examples of expedition in a sentence
a scientific expedition to Antarctica
<an avid mountain climber, always on an expedition to some far-off corner of the world>
First Known Use of expedition
Synonym Discussion of expedition
EXPEDITION Defined for Kids
Definition of expedition for Students
1 : a journey for a particular purpose <a scientific expedition>
2 : a group of people traveling for exploration or adventure
Word Root of expedition
The Latin word pes, meaning “foot,” and its form pedis give us the root ped. A pedestrian is a person who travels on foot. Before trains, planes, and cars, an expedition, or journey, was often carried out by foot. An impediment makes movement or progress difficult, as if getting in the way of the feet.
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