bee·​line | \ˈbē-ˌlīn \

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

His former teammates make a beeline to their old friend during batting practice and exchange hugs. Paul Sullivan,, "Jake Arrieta receives warm embrace in return to Wrigley Field," 5 June 2018 How Much: Field tickets cost $7 for kids, $12 for adults, $20 for boozy adults planning to beeline to the 21+ Legacy and Solon Club, and $500 for an exclusive air conditioned suite with a bird's eye view of the festivities. Jordan Cutler-tietjen, sacbee, "Fireworks, parades and more fireworks! Check out these can’t-miss July 4 celebrations," 27 June 2018 Lake Mary Heathrow Great schools are on tap in this western corner of Seminole County, where the I-4 corridor creates a would-be (if not for traffic) beeline to downtown Orlando. A.d. Thompson,, "Lake Mary/Heathrow Neighborhood Guide," 21 June 2018 Katarine Zarutskie Courtesy The photos also captured a 5-foot shark making a beeline for Zarutskie's left arm, which was outstretched in the water. Matthew Martinez, miamiherald, "Model swam with sharks. One bite and six stitches later, she says she’d do it again," 11 July 2018 After choking up while giving a postgame farewell speech on the mic, O'Connor did something else highly uncharacteristic: The coach made a beeline for the stands and went down the line shaking hands and signing autographs. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "James O'Connor is leaving LouCity but his legacy will last forever," 1 July 2018 Avoid making a beeline to ordering a cheese quesadilla alone. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "11 top gay bars in Phoenix, Scottsdale," 18 June 2018 Image After the Tony Awards concluded Sunday night, the audience made a beeline for the official after-party at the Plaza Hotel, where D.J.s played disco and there was a buffet with slightly more flavor than dust. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, "Inside the Tony Awards After-Parties," 12 June 2018 The Bronx borough president Ruben Diaz Jr. made a beeline for him on his way to the stage. Dan Adler, Vanities, "Slick Rick in the Hall of Fame," 24 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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bee killer




bee louse


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English Language Learners Definition of beeline

: to go quickly in a direct course


bee·​line | \ˈbē-ˌlīn \

Kids Definition of beeline

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

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obstinately defiant of authority

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