[ des-tuh-ney-shuh n ]
/ ˌdɛs təˈneɪ ʃən /


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.

Nearby words

  1. destain,
  2. destem,
  3. desterilize,
  4. desterro,
  5. destin,
  6. destine,
  7. destined,
  8. destiny,
  9. destitute,
  10. destitution

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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British Dictionary definitions for destination


/ (ˌdɛstɪˈneɪʃən) /


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