bee

noun (1)
\ ˈbē \

Definition of bee

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : any of numerous hymenopterous insects (superfamily Apoidea) that differ from the related wasps especially in the heavier hairier body and in having sucking as well as chewing mouthparts, that feed on pollen and nectar, and that store both and often also honey — see africanized bee, bumblebee, carpenter bee, honeybee, sweat bee
2 : an eccentric notion : fancy
bee in one's bonnet

bee

noun (2)

Definition of bee (Entry 2 of 4)

: the letter b

bee

noun (3)

Definition of bee (Entry 3 of 4)

: a gathering of people for a specific purpose a quilting bee

Definition of BEE (Entry 4 of 4)

bachelor of electrical engineering

Other Words from bee

Noun (1)

beelike \ ˈbē-​ˌlīk \ adjective

First Known Use of bee

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1769, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bee

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Old English bēo; akin to Old High German bīa bee, Old Irish bech, Lithuanian bitis

Noun (3)

perhaps from English dialect been help given by neighbors, from Middle English bene prayer, boon, from Old English bēn prayer — more at boon

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bee

noun
\ ˈbē \

Kids Definition of bee

1 : an insect with four wings that is related to the wasps, gathers pollen and nectar from flowers from which it makes beebread and honey for food, and usually lives in large colonies
2 : a gathering of people to do something together or engage in a competition a spelling bee

bee

noun
\ ˈbē \

Medical Definition of bee

: honeybee broadly : any of numerous hymenopteran insects (superfamily Apoidea) that differ from the related wasps especially in the heavier hairier body and in having sucking as well as chewing mouthparts, that feed on pollen and nectar, and that store both and often also honey — see africanized bee

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