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This page has 35 definitions of bee with English translations in 11 languages. Bee is a noun, verb, pronoun, preposition, particle and interjection. Examples of how to use bee in a sentence are shown. Also define the related term //www-01.sil.org/americas/suriname/Aukan/English/AukanEngDictIndex.html..

English bee definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

A bee

From Middle English bee, from Old English bēo, from Proto-Germanic *bijō, from Proto-Indo-European *bʰey-.

Noun

bee (plural bees or (dialectal) been)

  1. A flying insect, of the clade Anthophila within the hymenopteran superfamily Apoidea, known for its organised societies (though only a minority have them), for collecting pollen and (in some species) producing wax and honey.
    • 1499, John Skelton, The Bowge of Courte:
      His face was belymmed as byes had him stounge [].
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.12:
      An angry Wasp th'one in a viall had, / Th'other in hers an hony-laden Bee.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 12, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes [], book II, London: [] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      Can there be a more formall, and better ordered policie, divided into so severall charges and offices, more constantly entertained, and better maintained, than that of Bees?
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i], page 17:
      Ariell:
      Where the Bee ſucks, there ſuck I,
      In a Cowslips bell, I lie,
      There I cowch when Owles doe crie,
      On the Batts backe I doe flie
        after Sommer merrily.
      Merrily, merrily, ſhall I liue now
      Vnder the bloſſom that hangs on the Bow.
    • 2012, ‘Subtle poison’, The Economist, 31 March:
      Bees pollinate many of the world’s crops—a service estimated to be worth $15 billion a year in America alone.
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Etymology 2

Possibly from dialectal 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),[1][2] from Old English bēn (prayer, request, petition, favour, compulsory service) from Proto-Germanic *bōniz (prayer, request, supplication). Cognate with Danish bøn (prayer), Dutch ban (curse), German Bann (ban). More at ban.

Noun

bee (plural bees)

  1. A contest, especially for spelling; see spelling bee.
    geography bee
  2. A community gathering to share labour, e.g. a sewing bee or a quilting bee.
    • S. G. Goodrich
      The cellar [] was dug by a bee in a single day.
    • 1973, Alan Skeoch, Tony H. Smith, Canadians and their society (page 139)
      There was but little variation in types of buildings in the pioneer period: house, church, store, barn and mill were usually much alike except in size, and a raising bee was the ordinary means of their erection.
    • 2011, Tim Blanning, "The reinvention of the night", Times Literary Supplement, 21 Sep 2011:
      Particularly resistant, for example, in many parts of northern Europe was the “spinning bee”, a nocturnal gathering of women to exchange gossip, stories, refreshment and – crucially – light and heat, as they spun wool or flax, knitted or sewed.
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Etymology 3

From Middle English beeȝ, bie, bei, begh, beiȝe, bege, beah, bye, from Old English bēah, bēag, from Proto-Germanic *baugaz.

Noun

bee (plural bees)

  1. (obsolete) A ring or torque; a bracelet.
    • 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...

Etymology 4

Variant spellings.

Verb

bee

  1. Obsolete spelling of be
    • 1604 Reverend Cawdrey Table Aleph
      held that a ‘Nicholaitan is an heretike, like Nicholas, who held that wiues should bee common to all alike.’
  2. (obsolete) past participle of be; been
    Cride out, Now now Sir knight, shew what ye bee,

Etymology 5

From Middle English [Term?], from Old English be, from Latin be (the name of the letter B).

Noun

bee (plural bees)

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter B.
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Etymology 6

Probably from Old English bēah (ring). Compare bow.

Noun

bee (plural bees)

  1. (nautical, usually in the plural) Any of the pieces of hard wood bolted to the sides of the bowsprit, to reeve the fore-topmast stays through.
Synonyms
  • bee block

References

  1. ^ “Archived copy”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1], accessed 4 March 2012, archived from the original on 16 June 2012
  2. ^ http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bee%5B3%5D

Anagrams


Afar bee definition

Pronunciation

Verb

bee

  1. (transitive) to take

References

  • Mohamed Hassan Kamil (2015) L’afar: description grammaticale d’une langue couchitique (Djibouti, Erythrée et Ethiopie)[2], Paris: Université Sorbonne Paris Cité (doctoral thesis)

Aiwoo bee definition

Verb

bee

  1. (intransitive) to grow

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Aukan bee definition

Etymology

From English belly.

Noun

bee

  1. belly, stomach
  2. uterus, womb
  3. pregnancy
  4. lineage, family line

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Dumbea bee definition

Pronunciation

Noun

bee

  1. fish

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Estonian bee definition

Noun

bee (genitive , partitive )

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter B.

Finnish bee definition

Etymology

From Latin .

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbeː/, [ˈbe̞ː]
  • Rhymes: -eː
  • Syllabification: bee

Noun

bee

  1. bee (The name of the Latin-script letter B.)

Usage notes

  • Speakers often use the corresponding forms of b-kirjain ("letter B, letter b") instead of inflecting this word, especially in plural.

Declension

Inflection of bee (Kotus type 18/maa, no gradation)
nominative bee beet
genitive been beiden
beitten
partitive beetä beitä
illative beehen beihin
singular plural
nominative bee beet
accusative nom. bee beet
gen. been
genitive been beiden
beitten
partitive beetä beitä
inessive beessä beissä
elative beestä beistä
illative beehen beihin
adessive beellä beillä
ablative beeltä beiltä
allative beelle beille
essive beenä beinä
translative beeksi beiksi
instructive bein
abessive beettä beittä
comitative beineen
Possessive forms of bee (type maa)
possessor singular plural
1st person beeni beemme
2nd person beesi beenne
3rd person beensä

Synonyms


Fula bee definition

Etymology

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.).

Alternative forms

Particle

bee

  1. it must, it is necessary that
    iggey yimbe bee bonnii taariinde nde no feewi.
    (please add an English translation of this usage example)

Dialectal variants

See also

  • duwaa

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Hadza bee definition

Pronunciation

Pronoun

  1. they (fem. or mixed gender)

Related terms


Hungarian bee definition

Etymology

An onomatopoeia.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈbɛɛ]
  • Hyphenation: bee
  • Rhymes:

Interjection

bee

  1. baa (sound of a sheep)

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Latin bee definition

Pronunciation

Interjection

bee

  1. baa (sound of a sheep)

References

  • bee in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • bee in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré Latin-Français, Hachette

Mandinka bee definition

Pronunciation

Noun

bee

  1. (anatomy) vagina

Manx bee definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Old Irish bíad (food). Cognate with Irish bia and Scottish Gaelic biadh.

Noun

bee m (genitive singular bee, plural beeghyn)

  1. food
  2. provisions
  3. nourishment
  4. diet
Derived terms
  • bee ny jeeghyn (ambrosia)
  • bee millish (sweetmeat, sweet)
  • bee moddee (dog food)

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb

bee

  1. inflection of ve:
    1. future
    2. second-person singular imperative

Mutation

Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
bee vee mee
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Middle English bee definition

bee

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Old English bēo, from Proto-Germanic *bijō.

Pronunciation

Noun

bee (plural been or bees)

  1. A bee (insect that collects pollen)
    • a. 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Summoner's Tale”, in The Canterbury Tales, lines 1693-1696:
      Right so as bees out swarmen from an hyve, / Out of the develes ers ther gonne dryve / Twenty thousand freres on a route / And thurghout helle swarmed al aboute...
      Just like bees swarm from a hive / Out of the devil's arse there were driven / Twenty thousand friars on a rout / And throughout hell they swarmed all about...

Descendants

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Navajo bee definition

Pronunciation

Postposition

bee

  1. with, by means of, by means of it

Inflection


Old Irish bee definition

Verb

bee

  1. second-person singular present subjunctive absolute of at·tá

San Juan Guelavía Zapotec bee definition

Noun

bee

  1. ant

References

  • López Antonio, Joaquín; Jones, Ted; Jones, Kris (2012) Vocabulario breve del Zapoteco de San Juan Guelavía[3] (in Spanish), second electronic edition, Tlalpan, D.F.: Instituto Lingüístico de Verano, A.C., pages 13, 25

Tetum bee definition

bee

Alternative forms

Etymology

From Proto-Central-Eastern Malayo-Polynesian *waiʀ, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *wahiʀ.

Noun

bee

  1. water (clear liquid H₂O)

Võro bee definition

Noun

bee (genitive , partitive )

  1. The name of the Latin-script letter B.

Inflection

This noun needs an inflection-table template.


Yola bee definition

Etymology

From Middle English bi, from Old English bi, from Proto-West Germanic *bī. Cognates include English by and Scots by.

Preposition

bee

  1. by

References

  • Jacob Poole (1867) , William Barnes, editor, A glossary, with some pieces of verse, of the old dialect of the English colony in the baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, J. Russell Smith, →ISBN