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bee·​line ˈbē-ˌlīn How to pronounce beeline (audio)
: a straight direct course


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beelined; beelining; beelines

intransitive verb

: to go quickly in a straight direct course

Examples of beeline in a Sentence

Verb He beelined out the door.
Recent Examples on the Web
Common sense might dictate that video captured Roman holding the ball and celebrating, and that moments later Dodgers security personnel made a beeline to her seat and whisked her away with the ball. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2024 On Kunin’s first shift after the goal, Dermott’s defense partner, Josh Brown, made a beeline toward the Missouri native, crunched him against the side-boards, and challenged him to a fight. Curtis Pashelka, The Mercury News, 8 Apr. 2024 Grant Williams interrupted his typical pregame routine to make a beeline — straight for the Boston Celtics’ side of the court. Roderick Boone, Charlotte Observer, 2 Apr. 2024 The ship made a beeline directly to the pier that was vulnerable. CBS News, 28 Mar. 2024 Taylor Swift sings along to Olivia Rodrigo, beelines for Ice Spice after best new artist loss With each commercial break, the A-listers and their guests seated at the front of the house had the opportunity to mix and mingle. Kimi Robinson, USA TODAY, 5 Feb. 2024 The notion that anyone might make a beeline to turn this punch-drunk nonsense into a new Statham franchise seems unlikely. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Jan. 2024 From the Chiefs’ 9-yard line, Flowers took a short pass from Jackson and made a beeline to end zone. Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, 29 Jan. 2024 Skip the student bars, which are jammed with revelers, and make a beeline instead to Latteria Trastevere. Ray Isle, Travel + Leisure, 25 Dec. 2023
Wellness buffs should beeline it to the Aster, though. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 29 Mar. 2024 Surfside’s compact downtown district, along Harding Avenue, just a few blocks from the beach, brims with boutiques and restaurants (beeline it for the crunchy spicy tuna latkes at Josh’s Deli). Terry Ward, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Feb. 2024 Clear uses biometric scanning technology to allow travelers to skip the ID verification process and beeline straight to the front of the line at airport security. Stella Shon, Travel + Leisure, 20 Nov. 2023 After presenting Joe Biden with his very own Chiefs jersey, Kelce beelined to the presidential podium and began addressing the audience. Stephanie Sengwe, Peoplemag, 23 Oct. 2023 When the doors opened, the stream of shoppers beelined toward a neon Shein sign hanging above black curtains that subtly divided the pop-up from the rest of the 50,000-square-foot store. Carly Olson, Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct. 2023 The two came with their parents to Portage’s Salute to Labor Picnic at Founder’s Square Saturday afternoon and almost immediately beelined for the Precision Towing Tow Truck swing, a swing hung from a 32-foot crane arm. Michelle L. Quinn, Chicago Tribune, 3 Sep. 2023 According to a report in the Free Press, reporters from media outlets like CNN ignored other candidates in the post-debate scrums and beelined for Ramaswamy. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 25 Aug. 2023 Though your first inclination might be to panic—or beeline it to your computer to find a replacement—a TikToker named Justin Flom used this light fixture fumble as an opportunity to make some movie magic. Kelsey Mulvey, House Beautiful, 24 July 2023

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Word History



from the belief that nectar-laden bees return to their hives in a direct line

First Known Use


1830, in the meaning defined above


1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beeline was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Beeline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a straight direct course

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