[des-tuh-ney-shuh n]


the place to which a person or thing travels or is sent: Her destination was Rome.
the purpose for which something is destined.


noting an attraction or event that people are willing to travel a long distance to get to, either because it is very good or distinctive or because it is located in a popular and interesting place: destination restaurants and resorts; a destination wedding in the Caribbean.

Origin of destination

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin dēstinātiōn- (stem of dēstinātiō) an establishing, purpose, equivalent to dēstināt(us) (past participle of dēstināre; see destine) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsmul·ti·des·ti·na·tion, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of destination

Historical Examples of destination

  • There is not more than one chance in a hundred of its reaching its destination.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • If he walked fast he might yet overtake his friends ere they reached their destination.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • There we were, and there perforce we must remain till we reached our destination.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • By the time we reached our destination the storm had become truly awful.

    The Roof of France

    Matilda Betham-Edwards

  • The letter, hastening to its destination, had contained the stolen money.


    W. A. Fraser

British Dictionary definitions for destination



the predetermined end of a journey or voyage
the ultimate end or purpose for which something is created or a person is destined
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Word Origin and History for destination

1590s, "act of appointing," from Latin destinationem (nominative destinatio) "purpose, design," from past participle stem of destinare "determine, appoint, choose, make firm or fast," from de- "completely, formally" (see de-) + -stinare, related to stare "to stand," from PIE root *sta- "to stand" (see stet). Modern sense (1787) is from place of destination, where one is "destined" to go.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper