[ see-bee ]
/ ˈsiˌbi /


a member of the construction battalions of the U.S. Navy, established in December, 1941, to build landing facilities, airfields, etc., in combat areas.
Also See-Bee. a large, ocean-going, barge-carrying vessel equipped with a heavy-duty elevator situated at the stern to facilitate the loading and unloading of barges.

Origin of Seabee

spelling form of the letters CB, for Construction Battalion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for seabee


/ (ˈsiːˌbiː) /


a member of the US Navy's Construction Battalions established to build airstrips

Word Origin for Seabee

C20: from pronunciation of CB, for Construction Battalion
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Word Origin and History for seabee



1942, from pronunciation of C.B., abbreviation of Construction Battalion, formed as a volunteer branch of the Civil Engineer Corps of the U.S. Navy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper