Meaning of BEE in English


/ biː; NAmE / noun


a black and yellow flying insect that can sting. Bees live in large groups and make honey (= a sweet sticky substance that is good to eat) :

a swarm of bees

a bee sting

Bees were buzzing in the clover.

—see also beehive , beeswax , bumblebee , queen bee


( NAmE ) a meeting in a group where people combine work, competition and pleasure :

a sewing bee

—see also spelling bee


- the bee's knees

- have a bee in your bonnet (about sth)

—more at bird , busy adjective



Old English bēo , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch bij and German dialect Beie .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.