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

Desperate to support her family, Dabar traveled to Nairobi to sell honey. Jillian Keenan, Time, "'I Need the Money But I Feel Guilt.' How a Drought-Resistant Crop Turned Women in Kenya into Reluctant Drug Lords," 20 Aug. 2019 But that solitude is disrupted when a family of nomadic beekeepers arrive, seeking honey to sell. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "The gorgeous documentary about a Macedonian beekeeper is in theaters.," 26 July 2019 Hatidze, a Turkish immigrant in her 60s living in Macedonia, climbs up a mountain in a mostly uninhabited part of the country to collect honey from beehives that naturally form within the rocky outcrops. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Honeyland Makes the Story of a Lonely Beekeeper Feel Epic," 25 July 2019 Feisty Brood Meadery was selling wines made from fermented honey. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland.com, "Uncorked Medina Wine Festival raises funds for Medina County Parks," 21 July 2019 Add the honey, habanero, black vinegar and a pinch of salt. National Geographic, "“Aji Amarillo” Marinated Grilled Pork Loin," 2 July 2019 The pickles, permeated with the heat of chiles de árbol, cut through the sweetness of the clover honey. Samantha Allen, Condé Nast Traveler, "New York City's Unofficial Gathering Spot for Pickle Lovers," 10 June 2019 Next week, Billy Pizza will make a pizza using honey, Sibr said. Gloria Casas, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin Farmers Market offers a feast for the senses," 7 June 2019 The shop has a whole side dedicated to edible products, like teas, Green Crown Swedish fish, gummy bears from CBD Hemp Edibles, and chocolate and honey from Cedarburg's Verdure. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "CBD changed their mom's life, so these Greendale natives turned it into a business," 30 Aug. 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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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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