bee·​line | \ ˈbē-ˌlīn How to pronounce beeline (audio) \

Definition of beeline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a straight direct course


beelined; beelining; beelines

Definition of beeline (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to go quickly in a straight direct course

Examples of beeline in a Sentence


He beelined out the door.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Others made a beeline for the 15 restaurants and lounges, slurping local oysters at the oyster bar, sipping cocktails at the Mystique Asian Restaurant & Lounge, and attacking crab legs at the buffet. Travis Andersen,, "Encore Boston Harbor took in $16.9 million in gaming revenue during opening week," 15 July 2019 Today international cruise ships disgorge crowds onto tour buses that make a beeline for Delphi. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Voyage to the Center of the World," 9 July 2019 Make a beeline for your car after the performance to get a jump start on the crowd, or plan to dawdle a bit. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "Mountain Winery Guide: What you need to know about the venue," 3 July 2019 Our 3-year-old, perhaps feeling a little too ignored, careened into the living room where my husband was folding laundry, then made a beeline for the fridge to pull a handful of artwork and alphabet magnets to the floor. Washington Post, "Fear not, parents: Your middle kids are going to be just fine.," 2 July 2019 Turnbull made a beeline to the clubhouse after striking out Rougned Odor to end the second. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers lose Spencer Turnbull, then get swept by Rangers after 3-1 loss," 27 June 2019 On arrival at the shoot, Boreanaz immediately makes a beeline for the dressing room to find his costars. Ruth Kinane,, "Go behind the scenes of EW's Angel reunion shoot," 21 June 2019 Out of nowhere, Kim, who’d made a beeline for the open Whitecaps player the instant Ardaiz got his shot away, came sliding in to knock the ball away and his opponent off his feet. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders survive last-minute scare to extend unbeaten mark to four games," 31 Mar. 2019 Drones, which fly low and make a beeline for enemy positions, must be fought on the frontline. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Rushing to Field Drone-Killing Stryker Armored Vehicles," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In the chain’s heyday, Americans in a new home or apartment would beeline to the nearest Pier 1 to find that layer of accessories that personalize a room with the shopper’s own sense of design. Maria Halkias, Dallas News, "Pier 1 Imports gets buried in a crowded home furnishings market," 30 June 2019 The train of music, marching and merriment stymied tourists trying to beeline from Canal Street hotels to the Quarter. Hanna Krueger,, "“We don’t do pity parties. We do parties”: New Orleans sends Dr. John off in style," 22 June 2019 Divers should beeline to Tuamotus, a cluster of coral atolls with impressive reefs and dive sites. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Places to Visit in September," 25 July 2018 Some singers beeline diligently from point A to point B; Yoakam finds a more scenic route. Elias Leight, Billboard, "Dwight Yoakam Pays Tribute to Bakersfield Sound at Intimate Hamptons Show," 31 Aug. 2017 Some singers beeline diligently from point A to point B Elias Leight, Billboard, "Dwight Yoakam Pays Tribute to Bakersfield Sound at Intimate Hamptons Show," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of beeline


1830, in the meaning defined above


1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for beeline


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

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Dictionary Entries near beeline


bee killer




bee louse


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English Language Learners Definition of beeline

US, informal : to go quickly in a direct course


bee·​line | \ ˈbē-ˌlīn How to pronounce beeline (audio) \

Kids Definition of beeline

: a straight direct course We made a beeline to the dessert table.

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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