honey

noun
hon·​ey | \ ˈhə-nē How to pronounce honey (audio) \
plural honeys

Definition of honey

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : 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
2a : a loved one : sweetheart, dear
b : a superlative example
3 : the quality or state of being sweet : sweetness
4 : an attractive woman

honey

verb
honeyed also honied\ ˈhə-​nēd How to pronounce honied (audio) \; honeying

Definition of honey (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to sweeten with or as if with honey
2 : to speak ingratiatingly to : flatter

intransitive verb

: to use blandishments or cajolery

honey

adjective

Definition of honey (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Examples of honey in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

she knew that the hairstylist was honeying her for a reason—the expectation of a generous tip
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The ale - made with honey and spices and weighing in at 7.5 percent alcohol - will be available first come, first served. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Christmas Ale in July party set at Great Lakes Brewing Co.," 1 July 2019 As far as what might be helpful for sleep quality, some studies suggest that consuming milk might help improve falling asleep -- even warm milk mixed with honey. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "What to drink to help you sleep," 28 June 2019 But instead of a sugar-sweetened, mayonnaise-heavy dressing, Greek yogurt, mixed with mayonnaise and sweetened lightly with honey, provides a lusciously creamy base in a lighter, more healthful way. Ellie Krieger, Twin Cities, "Lighter and brighter, this broccoli salad delivers on flavor," 20 June 2019 The last part came from Butts’ own experience with honey in restaurants as a healthier substitute for most sugars. Sameer Rao, baltimoresun.com, "HoCo Brew Hive buzzes into former T-Bonz site in Ellicott City this July," 17 June 2019 Even the potatoes, stacked high and covered with vanilla honey, are pickled. Destination Canada, Bon Appétit, "8 Not-to-Be-Missed Restaurants in Edmonton," 14 June 2019 But instead of a sugar-sweetened, mayonnaise-heavy dressing, Greek yogurt, mixed with some mayonnaise and sweetened lightly with honey, provides a lusciously creamy base in a lighter, more healthful way. Washington Post, "Lighter and brighter, this broccoli salad delivers on flavor," 13 June 2019 Cherry peach yogurt bark Ingredients Greek yogurt with honey or flavor of choice Peaches, sliced Cherries, pitted and halved Pistachios, peeled To serve Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. NBC News, "The ultimate summer snack: 5-minute frozen cherry peach yogurt bark," 8 June 2019 Let this awareness deepen your connection with your honey. Sonja Marie, Essence, "Gemini, Mind Your Money! Here Are June 2019 Horoscopes For All," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Earthworks Farm will be at all three markets with honey crafted on the Valley Farm and plenty of their Abeille Alaska beeswax and honey body care products and soaps. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Get your fish fix at Anchorage farmers markets this week," 24 Jan. 2018 Daddy: That grass isn't going to cut itself, honey bunch! Southern Living, "Mama's Spring To-Do Lists," 3 Apr. 2017 Daddy: That grass isn't going to cut itself, honey bunch! Southern Living, "Mama's Spring To-Do Lists," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of honey

Noun

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

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for honey

Noun

Middle English hony, from Old English hunig; akin to Old High German honag honey, and probably to Sanskrit kāñcana gold, Latin canicae bran

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The first known use of honey was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for honey

honey

noun

English Language Learners Definition of honey

: a thick, sweet substance made by bees
informal used to address someone you love
chiefly US, informal : something that is very good

honey

noun
hon·​ey | \ ˈhə-nē How to pronounce honey (audio) \

Kids Definition of honey

1 : a sweet sticky material made by bees from the nectar of flowers and stored by them in a honeycomb for food

honey

noun
hon·​ey | \ ˈhən-ē How to pronounce honey (audio) \
plural honeys

Medical Definition of honey

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

Other Words from honey

honey adjective

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