a tallowlike substance that honeybees secrete and use for building their honeycomb: it is used in candles, polishes, etc.
- The yellow to grayish-brown wax secreted by the honeybee for constructing honeycombs.
- Commercial wax obtained by processing and purifying the crude wax of the honeybee and used in making candles, crayons, and polishes.
- Informal A matter of concern or business that pertains to someone: It's none of your beeswax where I'm going tonight.
Origin of beeswaxSense 3, jocular alteration of business.
(usually uncountable, plural beeswaxes)
(third-person singular simple present beeswaxes, present participle beeswaxing, simple past and past participle beeswaxed)
- To polish (something) with beeswax.