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honey

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noun hon·ey \ ˈhə-nē \

Definition of honey

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

Examples of honey in a Sentence

  1. She likes honey in her tea.

  2. Your car is a real honey.

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Origin and Etymology 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

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honey

verb

Definition of honey

honeyed also honied play \ˈhə-nēd\; honeying
transitive verb
1 :to sweeten with or as if with honey
2 :to speak ingratiatingly to :flatter
intransitive verb
:to use blandishments or cajolery

Examples of honey in a Sentence

  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


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honey

adjective

Definition of honey

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

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First Known Use of honey

13th century



HONEY Defined for English Language Learners

honey

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noun

Definition of honey for English Language Learners

  • : a thick, sweet substance made by bees

  • —used to address someone you love

  • : something that is very good


HONEY Defined for Kids

honey

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noun hon·ey \ ˈhə-nē \

Definition of honey for Students

1 :a sweet sticky material made by bees from the nectar of flowers and stored by them in a honeycomb for food
2 :1darling 1

Medical Dictionary

honey

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noun hon·ey \ ˈhən-ē \

medical Definition of honey

plural honeys
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

honey

adjective


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