des·​ti·​na·​tion | \ˌdes-tə-ˈnā-shən \

Definition of destination 

1 : the purpose for which something is predetermined or destined

2 : an act of appointing, setting aside for a purpose, or predetermining

3 : a place to which one is journeying or to which something is sent when the package has reached its destination kept their destination secret

4 : a place worthy of travel or an extended visit a popular tourist destination often used attributively a destination restauranta destination resort

Examples of destination in a Sentence

After stopping for lunch, we continued on toward our destination. The package reached its destination two days later. He enjoys traveling to remote and exotic destinations. We traveled through three states before reaching our final destination.
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Each of those destinations would have had its own trade networks, easily capable of reaching India or eastern Africa. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Israeli tomb contains a tasty surprise: Vanilla extract," 20 Nov. 2018 The number of destinations was reported by each airport. WSJ, "Airport Rankings Table and Methodology," 14 Nov. 2018 Lion Air is one of Indonesia’s youngest airlines but has grown rapidly, flying to dozens of domestic and international destinations. Andi Jatmiko, The Seattle Times, "Boeing jet crashed in Indonesia after key sensor replaced," 7 Nov. 2018 With a slew of new businesses that could easily thrive on a popular Brooklyn street, and improvements to existing cultural institutions, Great Barrington has become one of the most popular destinations in the highlands of Massachusetts. Kaitlyn Wylde, Vogue, "What’s So Great About Great Barrington? A Weekend Guide to the Quietly Cool Berkshire Town," 25 Oct. 2018 See the rest of the top 10 Asian destinations for 2018 in the slideshow above, and picks for the rest of the planet below. Ben Abramson, USA TODAY, "Best places to visit in Asia: Busan, South Korea, tops Lonely Planet's picks," 10 July 2018 One of those destinations was at VH1’s 2018 Trailblazer Honors, where some of the girls walked the red carpet and even introduced pop star Bebe Rexha before her show-ending performance. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "Bebe Rexha Spars Online With 'Drag Race' Winner Aquaria Over Behavior at VH1's Trailblazer Honors," 3 July 2018 With 367 miles of beach lining the Gulf of Mexico, Texas has a bountiful selection of coastal destinations. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Texas' best coastal cities to visit this summer," 2 July 2018 The world’s largest adventure travel company, with more than 1,500 trips covering all continents, has announced three new tours highlighting vegan food culture in some of the most popular culinary destinations: India, Italy, and Thailand. Diane Daniel,, "Intrepid Travel launches vegan tours," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of destination

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for destination

see destine

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English Language Learners Definition of destination

: a place to which a person is going or something is being sent


des·​ti·​na·​tion | \ˌde-stə-ˈnā-shən \

Kids Definition of destination

: a place to which a person is going or something is sent

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