hon·​ey·​pot | \ ˈhə-nē-ˌpät How to pronounce honeypot (audio) \

Definition of honeypot

1 : one that is attractive or desirable
2 : a substantial source of money

Examples of honeypot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This sale, which is a honeypot for those who came of age in the 1980s and 1990s, is expected to yield $1.2m-1.7m. The Economist, "Rap on the block Sotheby’s hip-hop auction," 12 Sep. 2020 Still, Griffin’s is a minority opinion among far-right extremists, who almost unanimously deem Parler as a honeypot at worst, and urge caution to any of their own venturing onto it. Rita Katz, Wired, "Neo-Nazis Are Running Out of Places to Hide Online," 9 July 2020 London has become a honeypot for the international super-rich, especially in the past twenty years, as the city has emerged as the world’s financial center. Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "The Reputation-Laundering Firm That Ruined Its Own Reputation," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of honeypot

1924, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Sep 2020

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“Honeypot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honeypot. Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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