- 1a black and yellow flying insect that can sting. Bees live in large groups and make honey (= a sweet sticky substance that is good to eat) a swarm of bees a bee sting Bees were buzzing in the clover. see also beehive, beeswax, bumblebee, queen bee
- 2 a meeting in a group where people combine work, competition, and pleasure a sewing bee see also spelling bee Idioms
as busy as a beejump to other results
an excellent person or thing She thinks she's the bee's knees (= she has a very high opinion of herself).
the bee's knees (informal) (old-fashioned)jump to other results
the basic facts about sex, especially as told to children
the birds and the bees (humorous)jump to other results
to think or talk about something all the time, and to think that it is very important Our teacher has a bee in his bonnet about punctuation.
have a bee in your bonnet (about something) (informal)jump to other results