A group of people on a hiking expedition.
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 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 of expeditionMiddle English expedicioun from Old French expedition from Classical Latin expeditio from past participle of expedire: see expedite
- a. A journey, especially an arduous or hazardous one, undertaken with extensive planning and a definite objective: an expedition against the enemy stronghold; a scientific expedition to the South Pole.b. The people undertaking such a journey, considered as a group.
- An outing undertaken with a definite objective: a shopping expedition.
- Speed or promptness in performance. See Synonyms at haste.
Origin of expeditionMiddle English expedicioun military campaign from Old French expedition from Latin expedītiō expedītiōn- from expedītus past participle of expedīre to make ready ; see expedite.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 331:
- he presently exerted his utmost agility, and with surprizing expedition ascended the hill.
- A sending forth or setting forth the execution of some object of consequence; progress.
- An important enterprise, implying a change of place; especially, a warlike enterprise; a march or a voyage with martial intentions; an excursion by a body of persons for a valuable end; as, a military, naval, exploring, or scientific expedition.
- The body of persons making such excursion.