beehive

noun bee·hive \ ˈbē-ˌhīv \
|Updated on: 17 Jul 2018

Definition of beehive

1 : hive 1
2 : something resembling a hive for bees: such as
a : a scene of crowded activity
b : a woman's hairdo that is conical in shape

beehive

adjective

Examples of beehive in a Sentence

  1. The office was a beehive of activity.

  2. wearing her hair in a beehive

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First Known Use of beehive

14th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BEEHIVE Defined for English Language Learners

beehive

Definition of beehive for English Language Learners

  • : a nest for bees

  • : a place filled with busy activity

  • : a woman's hairdo in which long hair is piled high on top of the head


BEEHIVE Defined for Kids

beehive

noun bee·hive \ ˈbē-ˌhīv \

Definition of beehive for Students

: hive


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