beat·​en | \ ˈbē-tᵊn How to pronounce beaten (audio) \

Definition of beaten

1 : hammered into a desired shape beaten gold
2 : much trodden and worn smooth also : familiar a beaten path
3 : 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 Millis is a bit further off the beaten track than Milford, but offers more open space and a school system with a 12-year Spanish immersion program. Jon Gorey,, 20 Apr. 2022 The beaten man identified two suspects, who were trying to flee from the house when officers arrived, according to a spokesman for the Tijuana Police Department. Wendy Fry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Nov. 2021 The film has been shooting in Rome and its suburbs, including the local beach resort Ostia, public housing estate Corviale and a variety of neighborhoods off the beaten track. K.j. Yossman, Variety, 18 Feb. 2022 So why not go off the beaten track and opt for couples jewelry? Charlotte Diamond, Vogue, 4 Feb. 2022 The result is somewhere between an Ariel Nomad and what Singer developed as the ACS: a road-legal roadster that can explore far beyond the beaten track. Tim Pitt, Robb Report, 4 Feb. 2022 Joshua Jung is a writer based in Montreal who loves to travel off the beaten track and write about all things travel, health, and sustainability. Joshua Jung, USA TODAY, 17 Jan. 2022 Travel writer Aaron Miller provides documentary-style tales of adventure that venture far from the beaten track. Nicole Trilivas, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 Now, a train of the same name is in development by Orient Express showcasing the country’s outstanding design and itineraries intended to visit not just the major cities but smaller gems off the beaten track. Laurie Werner, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of beaten

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for beaten

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

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2 May 2022

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beat·​en | \ ˈbē-tᵊn How to pronounce beaten (audio) \

Kids Definition of beaten

1 : worn smooth by passing feet a beaten path
2 : having lost all hope or spirit Unable to find a job, she felt beaten.

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