Definition of destination in English:



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

    ‘a popular destination for golfers’
    • ‘They also said that all passengers would be flown on time and safely to their destinations.’
    • ‘This is one of the most popular tourist destinations for domestic US holidaymakers.’
    • ‘My ideal destinations would be the Isle of Lewis for peace and quiet, and the Algarve for the sunshine.’
    • ‘Cape Town has become one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world.’
    • ‘The company will be providing extra seats on trips to popular destinations during key travel periods.’
    • ‘Anyway, an earlier poster asked about which countries are the most popular tourist destinations.’
    • ‘Other popular export destinations included Canada, Asia and the Middle East.’
    • ‘The rivers have become popular tourist destinations, venues for nights out and day trips.’
    • ‘Israel and Russia are getting less popular as potential destinations for offshored work.’
    • ‘The popular holiday destinations just north of Durban are where most people stay.’
    • ‘After a few beers and a bit more bragging, the golfers left for destinations unknown.’
    • ‘Other increasingly popular destinations are Croatia, Bulgaria, Cuba and Turkey.’
    • ‘Japan Airlines, Asia's largest airline, serves over 170 destinations in 30 countries.’
    • ‘Compare prices to the most popular diving destinations, from a range of travel companies.’
    • ‘China should be one of its new destinations as this market will be one of the biggest in the next 10 years.’
    • ‘Taxi users are shelling out almost double to get to their destinations during rush hour in Colchester.’
    • ‘In recent years, prisons have become popular tourist destinations in parts of Asia.’
    • ‘She says the book reveals a journey which would take her to many different destinations.’
    • ‘An air-conditioned luxury bus was all ready to set off to an unknown destination.’
    • ‘Those who have a target time to reach their destinations would do well to start off in advance.’
    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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  • Being a place that people will make a special trip to visit.

    ‘a destination restaurant’
    • ‘It is a destination resort - trees, hills, fields, great view, yachts.’
    • ‘This East End patch may not be a destination spot for the media trend pundits, but there is a vibe about the place.’
    • ‘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, he says, must be a destination hotel for the discerning business and leisure visitor.’
    • ‘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 particular purpose later being destined for a particular place hence (from the early 19th century) the place itself.