Bee meaning

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A meeting of people to work together or to compete.

A sewing bee, spelling bee.

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A piece of wood on each side of the bowsprit of a ship, used for fastening stays from the mast or foremast.
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The definition of an bee is an insect characterized by being of the family Apoidea, having hairy bodies, feeding on pollen and nectar and storing honey.

Yellow jackets, bumble and honey are each an example of a type of bee.

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1658, Sir Thomas Browne, Urne-Burial, Penguin 2005, page 16.

...restoring unto the world much gold richly adorning his Sword, two hundred Rubies, many hundred Imperial Coynes, three hundred golden Bees, the bones and horseshoe of his horse enterred with him...

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A bee block.
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The letter b.
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Any of a large superfamily (Apoidea) of broad-bodied, four-winged, hairy hymenopteran insects that gather pollen and nectar, have biting as well as sucking mouthparts, and often live in organized colonies; esp., the honeybee.
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The letter B.
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Any of numerous winged, hairy-bodied, usually stinging hymenopteran insects of the superfamily Apoidea, including both solitary species and social species such as the honeybees, and characterized by sucking and chewing mouthparts for gathering nectar and pollen.
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A flying insect, of the superfamily Apoidea, known for their organised societies, for collecting pollen, and producing wax and honey.
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A contest, especially for spelling; see spelling bee.

Geography bee.

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A gathering for a specific purpose, e.g. a sewing bee or a quilting bee.
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Obsolete spelling of be.
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(obsolete) Past participle of be; been.

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The name of the Latin-script letter B/b.
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(soccer) Someone connected with Barnet Football Club, as a fan, player, coach etc.
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Any of numerous winged, hairy-bodied, usually stinging hymenopteran insects of the superfamily Apoidea, including both solitary species and social species such as the honeybees, and characterized by sucking and chewing mouthparts for gathering nectar and pollen.
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A social gathering where people combine work, competition, and amusement.

A quilting bee.

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a bee in (one's) bonnet
  • An impulse to do something; a notion.
  • An obsession.
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have a bee in one's bonnet
  • To be obsessed with one idea.
  • To be not quite sane.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

a bee in (one's) bonnet
have a bee in one's bonnet

Origin of bee

  • Middle English from Old English bēo bhei- in Indo-European roots Sense 2, perhaps alteration of dialectal bean voluntary help given to a farmer by his neighbors from Middle English bene extra service by a tenant to his lord from Old English bēn prayer bhā-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English be a ring from Old English bēag bheug- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Possibly from dialectal English bene, been, bean (“help given by neighbours”), from Middle English been, bene (“neighbourly help, prayer, petition, request, extra service given by a tenant to his lord”), from Old English bēn (“prayer, request, petition, favour, compulsory service”) from Proto-Germanic *bōniz (“prayer, request, supplication”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰā- (“to say, speak”). Cognate with Danish bøn (“prayer”), Dutch ban (“curse”), German Bann (“ban”). More at ban.

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  • From Middle English bee, from Old English bēo, from Proto-Germanic *bijō (compare West Frisian and Dutch bij, Upper German Beie, Danish and Swedish bi), from Proto-Indo-European *bʱi- (compare Old Irish bech (“bee”), Welsh bydaf (“beehive”), Latin fūcus (“drone”), Latvian bite (“bee”), Russian пчела (pčelá, “bee”)).

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  • (Northern development of) Old English bēah.

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  • Variant spellings.

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