bee

1
[ bee ]
/ bi /

noun

any hymenopterous insect of the superfamily Apoidea, including social and solitary species of several families, as the bumblebees, honeybees, etc.
the common honeybee, Apis mellifera.
a community social gathering in order to perform some task, engage in a contest, etc.: a sewing bee; a spelling bee; a husking bee.

Idioms

Origin of bee

1
before 1000; Middle English be(e); Old English bīo, bēo; cognate with Dutch bij, Old Saxon bī, bini, Old High German bīa, bini (German Biene), Old Norse bȳ; with other suffixes, Lithuanian bìtė, OPruss bitte, OCS bĭchela, Old Irish bech; *bhi- is a North European stem with the same distribution as wax1, apple; put the bee on probably an allusion to sting in sense “dupe, cheat”

Related forms

bee·like, adjective

Can be confused

be bee

Definition for bee (2 of 3)

bee

2
[ bee ]
/ bi /

noun

Also called bee block. Nautical. a piece of hardwood, bolted to the side of a bowsprit, through which to reeve stays.
Obsolete. a metal ring or bracelet.

Origin of bee

2
before 1050; Middle English beh ring, Old English bēag, bēah; cognate with Old Frisian bāg, Old Saxon, Middle Low German bōg, Old High German boug, Old Norse baugr, Sanskrit bhoga-; akin to bow1

Definition for bee (3 of 3)

B.E.E.


Bachelor of Electrical Engineering.
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British Dictionary definitions for bee (1 of 4)

bee

1
/ (biː) /

noun

any hymenopterous insect of the superfamily Apoidea, which includes social forms such as the honeybee and solitary forms such as the carpenter beeSee also bumblebee, mason bee Related adjective: apian
busy bee a person who is industrious or has many things to do
have a bee in one's bonnet to be preoccupied or obsessed with an idea

Word Origin for bee

Old English bīo; related to Old Norse , Old High German bīa, Dutch bij, Swedish bi

British Dictionary definitions for bee (2 of 4)

bee

2
/ (biː) /

noun

a social gathering for a specific purpose, as to carry out a communal task or hold competitionsquilting bee

Word Origin for bee

C18: perhaps from dialect bean neighbourly help, from Old English bēn boon

British Dictionary definitions for bee (3 of 4)

bee

3
/ (biː) /

noun

nautical a small sheave with one cheek removed and the pulley and other cheek fastened flat to a boom or another spar, used for reeving outhauls or stays

Word Origin for bee

Old English bēag; related to Old High German boug ring, Old Norse bogi a bow

British Dictionary definitions for bee (4 of 4)

BEE


abbreviation for (in South Africa)

Black Economic Empowerment: a government policy aimed at encouraging and supporting shareholding by black people
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Idioms and Phrases with bee

bee


In addition to the idiom beginning with bee

  • bee in one's bonnet
  • been around
  • been had
  • been there, done that
  • been to the wars

also see:

  • birds and the bees
  • busy as a beaver (bee)
  • make a beeline for
  • none of one's business (beeswax)
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