beat·​en ˈbē-tᵊn How to pronounce beaten (audio)
: hammered into a desired shape
beaten gold
: much trodden and worn smooth
also : familiar
a beaten path
: being in a state of exhaustion : exhausted
off the beaten track or US off the beaten path
: in a remote place rarely visited by people
The store is truly located off the beaten path, in an industrial park tucked away on a quiet road.Mike Lustig
I am always looking for trips that are off the beaten track and are simple, safe, and rewarding in the numbers and varieties of birds located.Hugh P. Smith, Jr.

Examples of beaten in a Sentence

felt beaten after three months of 90-hour workweeks
Recent Examples on the Web Dredge the egg whites: Take each egg white half and dredge it in flour, gently shaking off the excess before dipping it in the beaten egg. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 7 Dec. 2023 Remove and discard plastic wrap from rolls, and gently brush tops of rolls with some of the beaten egg. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2023 Chee mashes the kernels with beaten egg, salt and a flourish of sugar that brings the flavor into focus but leaves no trace of sweetness. Ligaya Mishan Esther Choi, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2022 Add the beaten egg. Hayley Maitland, Vogue, 21 Oct. 2022 Brush outer edges with beaten egg. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 27 Apr. 2022 Brush the border with the beaten egg., 8 June 2021 Brush with beaten egg. Kathryn Gregory, The Courier-Journal, 23 Jan. 2018 Dip in beaten egg, allowing any excess to drip back into the bowl, then dredge in panko, pressing lightly to coat. People Staff, Peoplemag, 11 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English beten, from past participle of beten "to beat entry 1"

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of beaten was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Beaten.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


beat·​en ˈbēt-ᵊn How to pronounce beaten (audio)
: worn smooth by passing feet
the beaten path

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