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bee·​line ˈbē-ˌlīn How to pronounce beeline (audio)
: a straight direct course


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beelined; beelining; beelines

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
But art and history enthusiasts should make a beeline to the Rijksmuseum, which chronicles 800 years of heritage through the works of masters like Rembrandt and period artifacts. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 12 Sep. 2023 Others have been sponsored by relatives, and make beelines for Boston, which has one of the country’s biggest Haitian communities. Globe Columnist,, 29 July 2023 The Canadian actor fondly remembers childhood trips to Target, ignoring rows of lipgloss and body mists to make a beeline toward the toiletry bags. Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 23 Aug. 2023 By the end of the afternoon, Seeley had two solid beelines—one heading north, one heading south—indicating at least two nests in the forest. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2023 Prior to the performance, Depp arrived at the venue's backstage entrance and made a beeline to the fans who had gathered behind a barricade, hoping to catch a glimpse of him. Juliet Pennington, Peoplemag, 29 July 2023 Upon arrival, Taylor beelines for the thick brush lining the side of the highway, fighting through greenery to reach a car that appears to be already engulfed in smoke. Mary Walrath-Holdridge, USA TODAY, 6 July 2023 Finally, beeline to India Square for chaat, including bite-size orbs of pani puri, Indian Chinese specialties like paneer chile and an extensive South Indian dosa menu. Nikita Richardson, New York Times, 13 June 2023 This week, two bills that would prevent colleges from funding DEI programs cleared committees in Florida’s House and Senate, putting them on a path to floor votes and a probable beeline for the governor’s desk. Jack Stripling, Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2023
The two came with their parents to Portage’s Salute to Labor Picnic at Founder’s Square Saturday afternoon and almost immediately beelined for the Precision Towing Tow Truck swing, a swing hung from a 32-foot crane arm. Michelle L. Quinn, Chicago Tribune, 3 Sep. 2023 According to a report in the Free Press, reporters from media outlets like CNN ignored other candidates in the post-debate scrums and beelined for Ramaswamy. Jay Caspian Kang, The New Yorker, 25 Aug. 2023 Though your first inclination might be to panic—or beeline it to your computer to find a replacement—a TikToker named Justin Flom used this light fixture fumble as an opportunity to make some movie magic. Kelsey Mulvey, House Beautiful, 24 July 2023 Copper shoppers beeline for Yeralti Çarşisi, an underground bazaar in the heart of the modern city specializing in copperware. Mark Orwoll, Travel + Leisure, 18 July 2023 Growing up in New Hampshire, Greg Grady always looked forward to August, when his family beelined to Cape Cod for two weeks on the beach. Lauren Daley,, 23 June 2023 Unsurprisingly, tourists beeline to this enchanting Luberon village to see — and snap photos of — its cobbled lanes, white stone buildings, and churches. Lindsay Cohn, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2023 Only audiences in South Africa and the markets the two Majors are beelining for will determine whether or not this step — which carries risk in its potential to be viewed as selling out among South African locals — was the correct one to take. Seretse Letswalo, Billboard, 28 Mar. 2023 After a stretch of dry weather for the week, a low-pressure system will spin near the California-Oregon coast on Friday and will beeline south to the Bay Area on Saturday. Michelle Apon, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1830, in the meaning defined above


1882, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of beeline was in 1830

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Cite this Entry

“Beeline.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a straight direct course

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