bucket list

noun

: a list of things that one has not done before but wants to do before dying

Examples of bucket list in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While Paris is a bucket list location, National Geographic recommends traveling there for the Summer Olympics and participating in the Olympic marathon course. USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2024 He has been diagnosed with cancer and is working on his bucket list, visiting the sites of pivotal scenes from the series. Brian Feldman, New York Times, 23 Jan. 2024 Japan’s Himeji Castle If visiting Japan’s largest castle is on their bucket list, this 2,125-piece kit is sure to impress. Kathleen Felton, Travel + Leisure, 8 Feb. 2024 Palm Springs guide: 64 things to do on a weekend trip 17 groovy shops to add to your Palm Springs bucket list Who wants a ’50s kitchen? Lisa Boone, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024 After a whirlwind time at Paris Fashion Week, including the toddler's debut at the event, the duo checked another matching moment off their sartorial bucket list. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 29 Jan. 2024 The Datta Lab checked this off its bucket list just this year in its dopamine study. Popular Science, 10 Jan. 2024 With less than six months left to live, U.S. Army veteran Jay Tenison posted his No. 1 bucket list item on Reddit. Claudia Kelly-Bazan, Fox News, 13 Dec. 2023 Here are some highlights of our stay and five reasons why planning a multi-generational trip should be on your travel bucket list too. Essence, 26 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

from the phrase kick the bucket (to die)

First Known Use

2006, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bucket list was in 2006

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“Bucket list.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bucket%20list. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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