Definition of honey in English:



  • 1mass noun A sweet, sticky yellowish-brown fluid made by bees and other insects from nectar collected from flowers.

    • ‘Faris kept bees, the gift of a local baker, which pollinated his flowers and provided honey, and he apparently kept a number of birds, for his inventory listed eleven cages.’
    • ‘Instead, they make honey from the nectar they drink from nectar-making flowers.’
    • ‘On your cereal, try brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, cinnamon, dates or raisins instead of white sugar.’
    • ‘The chimps spend about six hours a day looking for food and have a varied diet of leaves, fruits, insects, honey and even fungi.’
    • ‘I was intrigued with how they gathered pollen and nectar from flowers to make honey.’
    • ‘The bees convert the nectar to honey within the hive.’
    • ‘Combine the mustard, honey, vinegar, salt and pepper.’
    • ‘Always on the look out for something unusual I was tempted by a banana sandwich with either honey or peanut butter on malted brown bread.’
    • ‘In a mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, coconut, honey and juice.’
    • ‘In summer, I add scoops of rich ice-cream; in winter, natural yoghurt and flower honey give a fragrant tang.’
    • ‘Most of us know that honeybees use nectar to make honey.’
    • ‘Although they are very sour they do make a delicious pie if mixed with blackberries and sweetened with honey.’
    • ‘Harassed by famine and excessive taxes, people will resort to eating leaves, roots, flesh, wild honey, fruits, flowers and seeds.’
    • ‘They also convert nectar into honey and fill the comb with it.’
    • ‘The contrast of salty cheese, sweet honey and nutty toasted bread is a taste sensation.’
    • ‘Parmesan is also good with roast parsnips, unless you prefer to concentrate on the parsnips' inherent sweetness and splash on some honey or maple syrup as they roast.’
    • ‘Sauces made from vinegar, honey, pepper, herbs and spices were also popular.’
    • ‘A tall glass of fresh-brewed iced tea with lemon and a teaspoon of sugar or honey is sweet and refreshing without many empty calories, and has antioxidants to boot.’
    • ‘Turning nectar into honey is one of many tasks performed by the worker bees - the sterile females.’
    • ‘In a separate bowl, beat margarine, honey, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until well blended.’
    • ‘An explorer who found a 2000-year-old jar of honey in an Egyptian tomb said it tasted delicious!’
    1. 1.1 A yellowish-brown or golden colour.
      as modifier ‘her honey skin’
      • ‘An abundance of natural honey and beige shades are mixed with tones that strangely complement each other, such as brilliant red and pale blue.’
      • ‘His dark honey eyes always reminded Electra of his mother's deceptive eyes.’
      • ‘Abasi and Raiden turned towards the sound to see a tall man with coal black hair, turquoise eyes, and honey skin the color of a light tan.’
      • ‘Next thing, a nurse with an attractive honey complexion calls at my bedside. I can't quite place her accent.’
      • ‘Both had chestnut brown hair, purple eyes, and honey tanned 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.’
      • ‘Her golden honey tresses were curled to perfection, falling around her face as if she were an angel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A slender man with burnt honey skin and almond eyes grinned and gave Tala a welcoming bow.’
      • ‘A light caramel is a gold, honey colour; a dark caramel is a reddish amber.’
      • ‘He ran a hand through his wild black curls and his eyes were a dull dark honey colour.’
      • ‘Sheldon's brown coloured hair was dyed honey blonde with leftover dye that his mother, Jeannette, had used on her hair in preparation for a family celebration.’
      • ‘My hair is a soft golden honey blonde.’
      • ‘She also had washed, for her golden skin glowed and her honey hair was half wet, each tendril drying into a perfect wave.’
      • ‘There are three colours available: brown, whitish yellow and honey - whitish yellow being the natural colour of the wood.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His eyes, the same golden honey color, now sparkled with a newfound happiness.’
    2. 1.2 Any sweet substance similar to bees' honey.
  • 2informal An excellent example of something.

    ‘it's one honey of an adaptation’
    • ‘I swapped my extra ticket for a honey of an orange cruiser bike that will be meeting me there.’
    • ‘Fontecchio is famous for his pies, and the blueberry, peach, pumpkin, and cherry are honeys.’
    • ‘It was a honey of a book.’
    1. 2.1 An attractive girl.
      ‘she's a little honey’
      • ‘But the first lady that took the lead was a blonde, and boy, was she a honey.’
      • ‘Do you want to win friends, influence people, and meet the honey of your dreams?’
      • ‘If you want to attract all the beach honeys, you'll need the right swimsuit, hat and shoes to make her swim your way.’
      beauty, beautiful woman, dream, vision, picture, pin-up, goddess, venus, siren, charmer, enchantress, seductress
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    2. 2.2 Darling; sweetheart (usually as a form of address)
      ‘hi, honey!’
      • ‘‘Love you too, honey,’ Beau said sarcastically before turning to Anica with a sigh.’
      • ‘She grins smugly and says, ‘I love you too, honey,’ as she sneaks a sip of her coffee.’
      • ‘If you don't think you'd actually say any of these things or if you're shy, you can always write/send notes to your secret honeys at the Campus Center all week long.’
      • ‘Don't fret, here are some great ideas to help you and your honey have an excellent winter!’
      • ‘The last words his wife heard him say were: ‘I love you, honey.’’
      • ‘He had found terms of endearment such as dear, honey or darling too mushy for his liking.’
      • ‘Despite our differences I love you, honey.’
      • ‘Whenever he's actually being serious about something, he uses my real name or the occasional honey or darling.’
      • ‘I hate it when people call you darling, sweetheart, honey, sweetie.’
      • ‘Speaking of Don, I guess you're really in love when your honey still makes your heart go pitter-patter.’
      • ‘Some women, for example, may expect that their honey will handle everything.’
      • ‘He told her: ‘I love you, honey,’ before the call went dead.’
      sweetheart, loved one, love, true love, lady love, darling, dearest, dear one, lover, girlfriend, boyfriend, young lady, young man, woman friend, lady friend, man friend, beau, admirer, worshipper, inamorata, inamorato
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Old English hunig, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch honig and German Honig.