des·​ti·​na·​tion ˌde-stə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce destination (audio)
: the purpose for which something is predetermined or destined
: an act of appointing, setting aside for a purpose, or predetermining
: a place to which one is journeying or to which something is sent
when the package has reached its destination
kept their destination secret
: a place worthy of travel or an extended visit
a popular tourist destination
often used attributively
a destination restaurant
a 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.
Recent Examples on the Web In the lead-up to the session, Andy Abboud, the top lobbyist for Las Vegas Sands at the time, spoke about Texas becoming a world-class destination for casino gambling and the benefits that gaming could bring to the state. Doyle Rader, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 The quartet’s Riviera Maya destination event will follow on Feb. 21-24 at Moon Palace Cancun in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Jonathan Cohen, SPIN, 30 Nov. 2023 Breeze currently flies to 45 cities in 27 states, but does not fly to any international destinations or outside of the contiguous U.S. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 29 Nov. 2023 Comparison sites such as Expedia, Kayak or Priceline can provide an overview of hotel rates at your destination. Daniel Bortz,, 29 Nov. 2023 As someone who travels for a living, I’m frequently asked about my favorite destinations. Christina Liao, Vogue, 29 Nov. 2023 Last year, San Diego was one of the top searched destinations with the majority of shoppers coming from Los Angeles and Chicago. Phillip Molnar, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2023 His vision includes building his flagship K11 malls into premium destinations with art and culture. Shawna Kwan, Fortune, 29 Nov. 2023 The film features the two Hollywood stars at a destination wedding where love is in the air — and so is their disdain for one another. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 18 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


see destine

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of destination was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Destination.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


des·​ti·​na·​tion ˌdes-tə-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce destination (audio)
: the purpose for which something is destined
: an act of appointing, setting aside for a purpose, or deciding beforehand
: a place which is the goal of a journey or to which something is sent
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