Definition of honey in English:

honey

Syllabification: hon·ey
Pronunciation: /ˈhənē
 
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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.
Synonyms
sweetheart, darling, dear, dearest, love
informal angel, sweetie, sugar, pet

Origin

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

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