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 At the end of a long workout, many athletes make a beeline for their recovery drink. Becky Wade, Outside Online, "The Best Cold-Weather Protein Drink Recipes," 13 Dec. 2020 As a result, candidates have made a beeline for Phoenix and other cities during the final week of campaigning. Rob Crilly, Washington Examiner, "Pence hits Arizona to stump for McSally after Trump's plug fell flat," 30 Oct. 2020 Cook traded friendly banter with Griffen during the game, and made a beeline for Peterson at midfield after the game. Star Tribune, "Dalvin Cook and Mo Ibrahim give Minnesota a pairing tough to tackle," 8 Nov. 2020 One word of warning, though: The Italians adore their islands and make a beeline for them during their summer holidays. Nicky Swallow, Travel + Leisure, "10 Secret Islands in Italy That Have All of the Beauty and None of the Tourists," 11 Nov. 2020 Not 30 seconds after that fist pump, Chatellier and the rest of the Dominican coaching staff made a beeline over to Chalmette coach Kelli Plaiscia. Joseph Halm,, "Dominican returns to Ponchartrain Center with sweep of Chalmette," 7 Nov. 2020 Harris, meanwhile, made a beeline to Duluth to energize suburban Democrats just eight days after her last visit to the state. al, "Trump, Harris campaign in Georgia; Barack Obama coming Monday," 2 Nov. 2020 Pollinators have made a beeline for Knepp's wildflowers and are an important source of food for the estate's birds. Hazel Pfeifer, CNN, "This British farm went from a 'biological desert' to biodiversity hotspot by letting the animals take charge," 1 Oct. 2020 Eventually, Okudah got to his feet and walked off under his own power, making a beeline to the Lions bench where trainers hooked him up to an oxygen mask. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Jeff Okudah, Detroit Lions bounce back: 'I was tired of being disrespected by everyone'," 28 Sep. 2020 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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The first known use of beeline was in 1830

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11 Jan 2021

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“Beeline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 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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