bee·​hive | \ ˈbē-ˌhīv How to pronounce beehive (audio) \
plural beehives

Definition of beehive

1 : hive sense 1 In the spring, two young grizzly bears, just out of a winter's sleep, … knocked over a half-dozen commercial beehives and fed on the honey and larvae within.— Jim Robbins
2 : something resembling a hive for bees: such as
a : a scene of crowded activity … a beehive of growling trucks, riverboats laden with supplies, helicopters and airplanes buzzing overhead …National Geographic
b : a woman's hairstyle that is conical in shape She is about sixty-five with hair white as spun sugar, piled up in a beehive hairdo that has been out of style for twenty years.— W. P. Kinsella

Other Words from beehive

beehive adjective

Examples of beehive in a Sentence

The office was a beehive of activity. wearing her hair in a beehive
Recent Examples on the Web Lakshmi harvested this elixir from her own beehive, which sits nestled on her New York City terrace. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 25 May 2022 It’s the beehive taken to new heights, with a mixture of protective styles — locs, twists, braids —blended into one. Sølve Sundsbø, Allure, 20 May 2022 Parted down the middle, her hairstyle included some long curtain bangs, which led up to the miniature beehive. Addison Aloian, Allure, 20 May 2022 Hayden and Jen Sachedina from Queensville Ontario found a large beehive in their barn four years ago. Karthika Gupta, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 Probably large enough to accommodate Rihanna’s lush faux locs in Ocean’s 8, Ariana Grande’s signature flowing ponytail, the late Amy Winehouse’s trademark beehive, and Diana Ross’ famous afro. ELLE, 10 Mar. 2022 The site has become a beehive of activity in recent days, going from a handful of flights each day to as many as 17, the field's maximum capacity. Oren Liebermann, CNN, 6 Mar. 2022 The couple had removed a large beehive from behind the wall several years ago while doing roof work, according to a report by the New York Times. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 17 Dec. 2021 Amy Winehouse, who also made cat eye makeup and the beehive a part of her look, frequently cited Spector as an idol. NBC News, 13 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of beehive

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jun 2022

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“Beehive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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bee·​hive | \ ˈbē-ˌhīv How to pronounce beehive (audio) \

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