honeysuckle

noun hon·ey·suck·le \ ˈhə-nē-ˌsə-kəl \
Updated on: 15 May 2018

Definition of honeysuckle

: any of a genus (Lonicera of the family Caprifoliaceae, the honeysuckle family) of shrubs with opposite leaves and fragrant tubular flowers rich in nectar; broadly : any of various plants (such as a columbine or azalea) with tubular flowers rich in nectar

Recent Examples of honeysuckle from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'honeysuckle.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

Illustration of honeysuckle

illustration of honeysuckle

Origin and Etymology of honeysuckle

Middle English honysoukel clover, alteration of honysouke, from Old English hunisūce, from hunig honey + sūcan to suck


HONEYSUCKLE Defined for English Language Learners

honeysuckle

Definition of honeysuckle for English Language Learners

  • : a type of shrub that has bright, colorful flowers


HONEYSUCKLE Defined for Kids

honeysuckle

noun hon·ey·suck·le \ ˈhə-nē-ˌsə-kəl \

Definition of honeysuckle for Students

: a climbing vine or a bush with fragrant white, yellow, or red flowers

Learn More about honeysuckle


Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up honeysuckle? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to coax or persuade

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

May 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • spring-flowers
  • Which is a synonym of raillery?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!