WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
bee1 /bi/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. Insectsan insect known for its sting and for making honey.
  2. a social gathering to perform some task, etc.:a quilting bee.
  1. Idiomshave a bee in one's bonnet, to be continually thinking or talking about a single idea:got something of a bee in his bonnet about deregulation.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
bee1  (bē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Insectsany hymenopterous insect of the superfamily Apoidea, including social and solitary species of several families, as the bumblebees, honeybees, etc.
  2. Insectsthe common honeybee, Apis mellifera.
  3. a community social gathering in order to perform some task, engage in a contest, etc.:a sewing bee;a spelling bee;a husking bee.
  4. Idiomshave a bee in one's bonnet: 
    • to be obsessed with one idea.
    • to have eccentric or fanciful ideas or schemes:Our aunt obviously has a bee in her bonnet, but we're very fond of her.
  5. Idioms, Informal Termsput the bee on, [Informal.]to try to obtain money from, as for a loan or donation:My brother just put the bee on me for another $10.
  6. Idioms, Slang Termsthe bee's knees, [Older Slang.](esp. in the 1920s) a person or thing that is wonderful, great, or marvelous:Her new roadster is simply the bee's knees.
beelike′, adj. 
  • bef. 1000; Middle English be(e); Old English bīo, bēo; cognate with Dutch bij, Old Saxon bī, bini, Old High German bīa, bini (German Biene), Old Norse bȳ; with other suffixes, Lithuanian bìtė, Old Prussian bitte, Old Church Slavonic bĭchela, Old Irish bech; *bhi- is a North European stem with the same distribution as wax1, apple; put the bee on probably an allusion to sting in sense "dupe, cheat''

bee2  (bē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Nautical, Naval TermsAlso called  bee block. a piece of hardwood, bolted to the side of a bowsprit, through which to reeve stays.
  2. [Obs.]a metal ring or bracelet.
  • bef. 1050; Middle English beh ring, Old English bēag, bēah; cognate with Old Frisian bāg, Old Saxon, Middle Low German bōg, Old High German boug, Old Norse baugr, Sanskrit bhoga-; akin to bow1

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  • Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    bee /biː/ n
    1. any hymenopterous insect of the superfamily Apoidea, which includes social forms such as the honeybee and solitary forms such as the carpenter bee
    2. busy beea person who is industrious or has many things to do
    3. have a bee in one's bonnetto be preoccupied or obsessed with an idea
    Etymology: Old English bīo; related to Old Norse , Old High German bīa, Dutch bij, Swedish bi
    bee /biː/ n
    1. a social gathering for a specific purpose, as to carry out a communal task or hold competitions: quilting bee
    Etymology: 18th Century: perhaps from dialect bean neighbourly help, from Old English bēn boon

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