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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
Those arriving by boat (slips are first come first serve) beeline to a deck dotted with striped Amalfi-esque umbrellas, buzzy spritzes, and live tunes. Kate Donnelly, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 July 2024 Best Restaurants Summer House For a splurge-worthy dinner, Seymour beelines to Summer House. Carrie Honaker, Travel + Leisure, 24 June 2024
Not coincidentally, Boston is beelining for a half-a-billion-dollar roster between payroll and luxury tax in a couple years. Danny Emerman, The Mercury News, 7 July 2024 Cavendish cursed and spat and rode straight past his Dimension Data team bus and the gaggle of journalists standing out front, and beelined it straight to the hotel. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 3 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for beeline 

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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 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a straight direct course

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