- The definition of an expedition is a journey that is taken to accomplish a specific goal, or the people who go on the journey.
An example of an expedition is when Lewis and Clark went to explore newly acquired land in America.
A group of people on a hiking expedition.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a sending forth or starting out on a journey, voyage, march, etc. for some definite purpose, as exploration or battle
- the journey, etc. itself
- the people, ships, equipment, etc. on such a journey
- efficient speed; dispatch
Origin: Middle English expedicioun ; from Old French expedition ; from Classical Latin expeditio ; from past participle of expedire: see expedite
- expeditionary adjective
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- a. A journey undertaken by a group of people with a definite objective: an expedition against the enemy stronghold; a scientific expedition to the South Pole.b. The group undertaking such a journey.
- Speed in performance; promptness. See Synonyms at haste.
Origin: Middle English expedicioun, military campaign, from Old French expedition, from Latin expedītiō, expedītiōn-, from expedītus, past participle of expedīre, to make ready; see expedite.