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 This is especially true for people who are working right up until their bedtime; simply shutting off a computer or stopping chores and making a beeline for a dark bedroom doesn't ensure immediate sleep. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 9 July 2022 An enormous comet has appeared in the night sky, finally visible to the naked eye after having spent months making a beeline for Earth. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 10 Dec. 2021 An enormous comet has appeared in the night sky, finally visible to the naked eye after having spent months making a beeline for Earth. Los Angeles Times, 7 Dec. 2021 Foreign investors have been making a beeline for India in the past few years, in Indian share markets as well as direct investments into corporates. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 22 Nov. 2021 Sci-Fi fans should make a beeline for Spokane, Washington while perhaps unsurprisingly in the Thriller genre it’s the nation’s capital that takes the most popular setting spot. Duncan Madden, Forbes, 26 June 2022 As the Oakland Athletics took the Truist Park field for batting practice Tuesday, a number made a beeline to greet Matt Olson, the former A’s first baseman now with the Braves. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 June 2022 Friend’s contemporary Bill McKibben also sailed through Harvard, making an even shorter beeline to The New Yorker, but his quarrel is more with the Founding Fathers than with his own parents. Globe Correspondent,, 23 June 2022 Most passengers made a beeline for the security checkpoint inside the terminal. David Koenig, USA TODAY, 22 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This time of year, Americans usually beeline to spots with some sort of nature component like Yellowstone, Maui, and Ocean City. Katie Chang, Forbes, 29 June 2022 If that subhead just gave you a sensory overload, beeline to Cranston. Lauren Daley,, 16 June 2022 For Cali vibes in Pawtucket, beeline to Wildflour Vegan Bakery & Juice Bar. Lauren Daley,, 11 June 2022 Those looking to unwind in high style will want to beeline to El Jardin, the hotel’s achingly atmospheric garden, another rarity for a hotel in the city center. Alexandra Kirkman, Forbes, 1 June 2022 But in having his forces beeline for the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv last week, Putin stumbled headlong into one principle that global leaders appear willing to fight for: state sovereignty. David Faris, The Week, 3 Mar. 2022 Once seasoned, the casks beeline it to Speyside to be topped with new-make spirit. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 5 Oct. 2021 The moment the upright is nestled in the corner, three of them beeline for the bench meant for one and tap on the black and white keys. Tara Adhikari, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Aug. 2021 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 See More

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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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3 Aug 2022

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“Beeline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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