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 an authors lunch outside Detroit in May, 2016, a brunette in a bold red-and-white print dress made a beeline for me. Mary Norris, The New Yorker, "My Friend Dorothea Benton Frank," 11 Sep. 2019 After Clay unsuccessfully tried to peel her away, Jordan, furious on both of their behalfs, stormed over and made a beeline for Christian’s piñata. Aurelie Corinthios,, "Bachelor in Paradise: Hannah Reveals Blake Visited Her 1 Week Before the Show — and They Kissed," 13 Aug. 2019 Ladies who lunch now make a beeline for Socius, a new restaurant in Burnham Market that is doing a roaring trade in viognier during the Wednesday rush. Simon Usborne, Town & Country, "How Rumors of a Feud Between Kate Middleton and Rose Cholmondeley Captivated a Posh Corner of Britain," 5 Aug. 2019 Locastro made a beeline for the ball and dove, headfirst, catching the ball while face-palming into the dirt and then into the wall. Drake Hills, azcentral, "Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta set for rehab assignment with rookie-level Arizona League," 21 July 2019 As soon as practice was complete, cornerback Stephon Gilmore, a huge basketball fan, made a beeline for Tatum. Nora Princiotti,, "Holding court: Two Celtics pay visit to Patriots practice," 28 July 2019 After the drama of The Hills wrapped in 2010, Stephanie made a beeline for the United Kingdom, likely to find some respite from the ongoing beef between her and her brother, Spencer. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Stephanie Pratt Has a British Accent on 'The Hills: New Beginnings' and I Have Questions," 1 July 2019 Heading west from Port Angeles, Highway 101 makes a beeline for blue-green Lake Crescent, renowned for both its beauty and indigenous trout species. National Geographic, "A guide to Olympic National Park," 18 Apr. 2019 Avoid bees and wasps that seem to be making, well, beelines through the air. Korin Miller, SELF, "7 Tips to Prevent Bee and Wasp Stings When Exploring the Great Outdoors," 10 Oct. 2018 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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28 Sep 2019

Cite this Entry

“Beeline.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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