Definition of honey in English:



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

    • ‘The chimps spend about six hours a day looking for food and have a varied diet of leaves, fruits, insects, honey and even fungi.’
    • ‘Most of us know that honeybees use nectar to make honey.’
    • ‘The bees convert the nectar to honey within the hive.’
    • ‘On your cereal, try brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, cinnamon, dates or raisins instead of white sugar.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Turning nectar into honey is one of many tasks performed by the worker bees - the sterile females.’
    • ‘An explorer who found a 2000-year-old jar of honey in an Egyptian tomb said it tasted delicious!’
    • ‘Instead, they make honey from the nectar they drink from nectar-making flowers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In summer, I add scoops of rich ice-cream; in winter, natural yoghurt and flower honey give a fragrant tang.’
    • ‘I was intrigued with how they gathered pollen and nectar from flowers to make honey.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Combine the mustard, honey, vinegar, salt and pepper.’
    • ‘In a separate bowl, beat margarine, honey, brown sugar, egg and vanilla until well blended.’
    • ‘The contrast of salty cheese, sweet honey and nutty toasted bread is a taste sensation.’
    • ‘In a mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, coconut, honey and juice.’
    • ‘They also convert nectar into honey and fill the comb with it.’
    1. 1.1A yellowish-brown or golden colour.
      [as modifier] ‘her honey skin’
      • ‘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 light caramel is a gold, honey colour; a dark caramel is a reddish amber.’
      • ‘Both had chestnut brown hair, purple eyes, and honey tanned skin.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Her golden honey tresses were curled to perfection, falling around her face as if she were an angel.’
      • ‘His eyes, the same golden honey color, now sparkled with a newfound happiness.’
      • ‘There are three colours available: brown, whitish yellow and honey - whitish yellow being the natural colour of the wood.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He ran a hand through his wild black curls and his eyes were a dull dark honey colour.’
      • ‘My hair is a soft golden honey blonde.’
      • ‘An abundance of natural honey and beige shades are mixed with tones that strangely complement each other, such as brilliant red and pale blue.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She also had washed, for her golden skin glowed and her honey hair was half wet, each tendril drying into a perfect wave.’
      • ‘A slender man with burnt honey skin and almond eyes grinned and gave Tala a welcoming bow.’
      • ‘His dark honey eyes always reminded Electra of his mother's deceptive eyes.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2Any 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.’
    • ‘It was a honey of a book.’
    • ‘Fontecchio is famous for his pies, and the blueberry, peach, pumpkin, and cherry are honeys.’
    1. 2.1An attractive girl.
      ‘she's a little 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.’
      • ‘But the first lady that took the lead was a blonde, and boy, was she a honey.’
      beauty, beautiful woman, dream, vision, picture, pin-up, goddess, venus, siren, charmer, enchantress, seductress
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    2. 2.2Darling; sweetheart (usually as a form of address)
      ‘hi, honey!’
      • ‘He told her: ‘I love you, honey,’ before the call went dead.’
      • ‘Some women, for example, may expect that their honey will handle everything.’
      • ‘Whenever he's actually being serious about something, he uses my real name or the occasional honey or darling.’
      • ‘Speaking of Don, I guess you're really in love when your honey still makes your heart go pitter-patter.’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Despite our differences I love you, honey.’
      • ‘He had found terms of endearment such as dear, honey or darling too mushy for his liking.’
      • ‘I hate it when people call you darling, sweetheart, honey, sweetie.’
      • ‘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.’’


Old English hunig, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch honig and German Honig.