Definition of bucket list in English:

bucket list


  • A number of experiences or achievements that a person hopes to have or accomplish during their lifetime.

    • ‘making this trip is the first thing on my bucket list’
    • ‘Apparently for a spell, bucket lists were the new black in Hollywood.’
    • ‘I created my bucket list, more importantly, implementing it.’
    • ‘Rock starts with his observations on the 2008 presidential campaign, remarking of McCain that he doesn't "want a president with a bucket list."’
    • ‘Here's something for your bucket list.’
    • ‘I forgot to mention that this walk was number one on our bucket list which we started constructing a few weeks ago.’
    • ‘He and his brother were constructing a summer bucket list, to get them out and about, trying new things.’
    • ‘Mary inspired me to make a bucket list tomorrow, too - a bunch of random things I want to do in the future that I probably will do.’
    • ‘Is there a character or a person who is on your bucket list that you want to play?’
    • ‘Do you have a "bucket list"?’
    • ‘You think to yourself, if you had two weeks to live - you'd have a bucket list of things to do.’
    • ‘As a result, President Bush was able to cross off the 10th and final item on his administration's bucket list.’
    • ‘Sure, unicycle purists will scoff, but now you can finally check "ride a unicycle" off your bucket list without wasting any time learning how to actually ride one.’
    • ‘Going to Japan for more than a tourist visit has been on my bucket list ever since I visited Japan in 2001 whilst on a jazz band trip.’
    • ‘As I march through the travel bucket list, I always worry that I could become world-weary, feeling like I have seen it all and stop being surprised, shocked or moved by anything.’
    • ‘As a frequent traveller, who clocks up more mileage in a year than an Olympic long-distance runner in training, one of the things which is permanently on my bucket list, especially for long-haul travel, is a first-class seat.’


Early 21st century from the phrase kick the bucket ‘die’ (see kick), popularized by the 2007 film The Bucket List.