Definition of beeswax in English:



  • 1The wax secreted by bees to make honeycombs and used to make wood polishes and candles.

    ‘she rubbed her furniture with beeswax’
    [as modifier] ‘beeswax candles’
    • ‘This means that an equivalent size beeswax candle will burn brighter, and for longer, than a paraffin wax one.’
    • ‘Plett also sells other home-crafted items such as Christmas stockings and beeswax candles, and this year will offer cards and books.’
    • ‘We need some new candle moulds before the winter beeswax candlemaking season can begin.’
    • ‘It was clear, very early, that people bought lip balm 10 times faster than they bought beeswax furniture polish.’
    • ‘Millions of mines littered the country, hindering subsistence agriculture, hunting of small and large game and gathering of forest products such as mushrooms, honey, beeswax and wild fruits when in season.’
    • ‘Here, four large slab-like beams are made of wood covered in beeswax, each 8 feet high by about 2 feet wide and 8 inches thick.’
    • ‘If you have been using a paste furniture wax like beeswax and you see ripples, you have applied too much.’
    • ‘On view are nearly 100 sculptures in beeswax, paper and bronze, along with photographs, miniatures and drawings in an exhibition largely installed by the artist.’
    • ‘A single beeswax candle flickered, the wax running down the side to puddle on the tabletop.’
    • ‘From his leather pouch he withdrew a small beeswax candle, lit it and placed it in the center of the room.’
    • ‘The place had an old smell to it: wood and fabric, the underlying scents of beeswax and oils and something else.’
    • ‘Essential oils, vitamin E and beeswax help heal and moisturize the skin.’
    • ‘The income comes not just from the honey but also beeswax polish and face creams.’
    • ‘If he wanted to make a one off casting he made a model of the object he wanted to cast out of wood or beeswax.’
    • ‘Use only the highest quality oils and unscented beeswax candles.’
    • ‘And while you're at it, pick up some flowers and beeswax candles - your shopping will be just about done.’
    • ‘He bent down and picked up my traveler's pouch, fishing one of my beeswax candles from it.’
    • ‘He lit the five beeswax candles in the brass candelabra sitting on the corner of the desk, and threw open the topmost book as he seated himself.’
    • ‘Floors were polished with real beeswax, which was melted down, he recalls.’
    • ‘Kids will love to watch the industrious honeybees at work in a display hive while you shop for raspberry honey butter and beeswax candles.’
  • 2North American informal A person's concern or business.

    ‘that's none of your beeswax’
    • ‘I consider it none of my beeswax if someone makes a million dollars in one of these things or loses his shirt.’
    • ‘Which was very wise, considering it was none of their beeswax.’
    • ‘I know you have your reasons, and, ultimately, it's none of my beeswax.’
    • ‘It's none of his beeswax where I buy my paint.’


  • Polish (furniture) with beeswax.

    ‘beeswaxed pews’
    • ‘Tomorrow she would beeswax the furniture and polish the wood into a deep gleam, but today she didn’t have time – she had to go and see the doctor.’
    • ‘Each handle is hand-stitched using vegetable dyed English tan leather with beeswaxed twine.’
    • ‘At the weekend, we beeswaxed the furniture.’