Definition of destination in English:



  • 1The place to which someone or something is going or being sent.

    ‘Delft is an ideal destination for a relaxing weekend’
    • ‘Those who have a target time to reach their destinations would do well to start off in advance.’
    • ‘Cape Town has become one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world.’
    • ‘My ideal destinations would be the Isle of Lewis for peace and quiet, and the Algarve for the sunshine.’
    • ‘She says the book reveals a journey which would take her to many different destinations.’
    • ‘Israel and Russia are getting less popular as potential destinations for offshored work.’
    • ‘After a few beers and a bit more bragging, the golfers left for destinations unknown.’
    • ‘The company will be providing extra seats on trips to popular destinations during key travel periods.’
    • ‘Other increasingly popular destinations are Croatia, Bulgaria, Cuba and Turkey.’
    • ‘An air-conditioned luxury bus was all ready to set off to an unknown destination.’
    • ‘In recent years, prisons have become popular tourist destinations in parts of Asia.’
    • ‘The popular holiday destinations just north of Durban are where most people stay.’
    • ‘This is one of the most popular tourist destinations for domestic US holidaymakers.’
    • ‘Other popular export destinations included Canada, Asia and the Middle East.’
    • ‘Japan Airlines, Asia's largest airline, serves over 170 destinations in 30 countries.’
    • ‘The rivers have become popular tourist destinations, venues for nights out and day trips.’
    • ‘Taxi users are shelling out almost double to get to their destinations during rush hour in Colchester.’
    • ‘Anyway, an earlier poster asked about which countries are the most popular tourist destinations.’
    • ‘China should be one of its new destinations as this market will be one of the biggest in the next 10 years.’
    • ‘Compare prices to the most popular diving destinations, from a range of travel companies.’
    • ‘They also said that all passengers would be flown on time and safely to their destinations.’
    journey's end, end of the line, landing place, point of disembarkation
    terminus, station, stop, stopping place, port of call
    goal, target, objective, end, purpose
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    1. 1.1[as modifier]Denoting a place that people will make a special trip to visit.
      ‘a destination restaurant’
      • ‘This, he says, must be a destination hotel for the discerning business and leisure visitor.’
      • ‘It is a destination resort - trees, hills, fields, great view, yachts.’
      • ‘The best part of Los Angeles is that it is the destination place for the entire world.’
      • ‘Oh, and by the way, who said Mars was a five-star destination resort anyway?’
      • ‘Casinos are the first step in the developer's plan to create a destination resort in this former mining community.’
      • ‘This East End patch may not be a destination spot for the media trend pundits, but there is a vibe about the place.’
      • ‘Destination spas are located in beautiful mountains and deserts as well as by lakes and oceans.’


Late Middle English: from Latin destinatio(n-), from destinare make firm, establish. The original sense was ‘the action of intending someone or something for a purpose’, later ‘being destined for a place’, hence (from the early 19th century) the place itself.