noun \ˈhə-nē\

: a thick, sweet substance made by bees

—used to address someone you love

: something that is very good

plural honeys

Full Definition of HONEY

a :  a sweet viscid material elaborated out of the nectar of flowers in the honey sac of various bees
b :  a sweet fluid resembling honey that is collected or elaborated by various insects
a :  a loved one :  sweetheart, dear
b :  a superlative example
:  the quality or state of being sweet :  sweetness
:  an attractive woman

Examples of HONEY

  1. She likes honey in her tea.
  2. Your car is a real honey.

Origin of HONEY

Middle English hony, from Old English hunig; akin to Old High German honag honey, and probably to Sanskrit kāñcana gold, Latin canicae bran
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Insect Terms

drone, entomology, gadfly, pismire, proboscis, vespine

Rhymes with HONEY


hon·eyed also hon·ied \ˈhə-nēd\ hon·ey·ing

Definition of HONEY

transitive verb
:  to sweeten with or as if with honey
:  to speak ingratiatingly to :  flatter
intransitive verb
:  to use blandishments or cajolery

Examples of HONEY

  1. <she knew that the hairstylist was honeying her for a reason—the expectation of a generous tip>

First Known Use of HONEY

14th century

Rhymes with HONEY



Definition of HONEY

:  of, relating to, or resembling honey
:  much loved :  dear

First Known Use of HONEY

14th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel


noun \ˈhən-ē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural honeys

Medical Definition of HONEY

: a sweet viscid material elaborated out of the nectar of flowers in the honey sac of various bees
: any of various preparations consisting of simple mixtures of medicaments with honey
honey adjective


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Sweet, viscous liquid food, golden in colour, produced in the honey sacs of various bees from the nectar of flowers. Honey has played an important role in human nutrition since ancient times; until about 250 years ago, it was almost the sole sweetening agent. Honey is often produced on a commercial scale from clover (Trifolium) or sweet clover (Melilotus) by the domestic honeybee. The nectar is ripened into honey by inversion of most of its sucrose into the sugars levulose (fructose) and dextrose (glucose) and the removal of excess moisture. Honey is stored in the beehive or nest in a honeycomb, a double layer of uniform hexagonal cells constructed of beeswax and propolis (a plant resin). The honey is used in winter as food for the bee larvae and other members of the colony. Honey extracted for human consumption is usually heated to destroy fermentation-causing yeasts and then strained. See also beekeeping.


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