Definition of honey in English:


Syllabification: hon·ey
Pronunciation: /ˈhənē

noun (plural honeys)

  • 1A sweet, sticky, yellowish-brown fluid made by bees and other insects from nectar collected from flowers.
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    • I was intrigued with how they gathered pollen and nectar from flowers to make honey.
    • The chimps spend about six hours a day looking for food and have a varied diet of leaves, fruits, insects, honey and even fungi.
    • Instead, they make honey from the nectar they drink from nectar-making flowers.
  • 1.1A yellowish-brown or golden color: [as modifier]: her honey skin
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    • From here he could already see the tiny beads of sweat beginning to accumulate across her brow and collar bone, making her soft golden honey skin glisten in the light.
    • There were sarongs that brought out Rachel's eyes, sarongs that matched her hair, even a few that matched the subtle honey undertones in her skin.
    • Inside, what was a somewhat dark and sombre building has been opened up to the light, its stone restored to its original honey colour, its doors widened, its access hugely improved.
  • 1.2Any sweet substance similar to bees' honey.
  • 2 informal An excellent example of something: it’s one honey of an adaptation
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    • I swapped my extra ticket for a honey of an orange cruiser bike that will be meeting me there.
    • It was a honey of a book.
    • Fontecchio is famous for his pies, and the blueberry, peach, pumpkin, and cherry are honeys.
  • 2.1Darling; sweetheart (usually as a form of address): hi, honey!
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    • I hate it when people call you darling, sweetheart, honey, sweetie.
    • Whenever he's actually being serious about something, he uses my real name or the occasional honey or darling.
    • ‘Love you too, honey,’ Beau said sarcastically before turning to Anica with a sigh.
    sweetheart, darling, dear, dearest, love
    informal angel, sweetie, sugar, pet


Old English hunig, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch honig and German Honig.

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