[ bee-hahyv ]
/ ˈbiˌhaɪv /


a habitation or dwelling-place constructed for bees, usually either dome-shaped or box-shaped.
a natural habitation of bees, as a hollowed-out tree.
a crowded, busy place.
something resembling an artificial beehive in appearance, as a hut or hairdo.
Also called beehive oven. an oven for converting coal into coke, characterized by its dome-shaped roof.

Origin of beehive

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at bee1, hive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for beehive (1 of 2)

/ (ˈbiːˌhaɪv) /


a man-made receptacle used to house a swarm of bees
a dome-shaped hair style in which the hair is piled high on the head
a place where busy people are assembled

British Dictionary definitions for beehive (2 of 2)

/ (ˈbiːˌhaɪv) /

noun the Beehive informal

the dome-shaped building that houses sections of Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand
the New Zealand government
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