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

Verb He beelined out the door.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As residents living along and near the border wait, for example, Americans are freely making a beeline via air flights for Mexico’s pristine beaches with little hassle. María Ramos Pacheco, Dallas News, 18 July 2021 Art and history enthusiasts should make a beeline to the Rijksmuseum chronicles 800 years of heritage through the works of masters like Rembrandt and period artifacts. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 14 July 2021 Two early birds were Drew and Donna Schilder of Long Beach, who followed Mickelson for a couple holes, then made a beeline for the rope line. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 June 2021 If luxury living is on your itinerary, make a beeline for the Reykjavik EDITION, a new hotel coming to the Old Harbor port in August 2021. T+l Editors, Travel + Leisure, 8 June 2021 On the first day of kindergarten, Sawyer carried a blue backpack as big as his body filled with supplies, made a beeline for his classroom and sat at a table next to his new friend Parker. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, 30 May 2021 Bell emerged from the clubhouse – a huge no-no, post-ejection – and made a beeline for Hurdle, getting tackled and emerging in various stages of undress. USA Today, 10 May 2021 Many of the Venezuelans, Haitians and Cubans make a beeline to Miami. Dudley Althaus, San Antonio Express-News, 6 May 2021 The ball flew off his bat and made a beeline for the right-field bleachers, seemingly a perfect Yankee Stadium stroke. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Serious collectors will even beeline straight to the Rae Dunn aisle in their local TJ Maxx, Marshalls or Home Goods as soon as the stores open, as shown in this now-viral TikTok. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 28 May 2021 Meanwhile, golf enthusiasts will want to beeline to the sprawling Puerto Los Cabos Golf Club, adjacent to the hotel. Alexandra Kirkman, Forbes, 9 Mar. 2021 Meanwhile, foodies will want to beeline to the Signature Over-the-Rhine Tour, a scrumptious food tour (incorporating alfresco dining wherever possible) of an amazing urban historic district. Alexandra Kirkman, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2021 Baseball or not, visitors landing at Southwest Florida International Airport will first want to beeline to one of the coastal island communities of Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel. Simon Peter Groebner, Star Tribune, 19 Feb. 2021 Some smuggling crews drive on, trying to beeline or outmaneuver pursuers long enough to reach either the surf or legal sanctuary in Mexican waters. New York Times, 28 Jan. 2021 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, 30 June 2019 The train of music, marching and merriment stymied tourists trying to beeline from Canal Street hotels to the Quarter. Hanna Krueger,, 22 June 2019 Divers should beeline to Tuamotus, a cluster of coral atolls with impressive reefs and dive sites. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, 25 July 2018

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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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The first known use of beeline was in 1830

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22 Jul 2021

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“Beeline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2021.

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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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