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  Dictionary Definition of bee

bee [1]
noun
1. any of various hymenopterous insects of the superfamily Apoidea, which includes many social and solitary bees of several families, as the bumblebees, honeybees, etc.
2. the common honeybee, Apis mellifera.
3. a local gathering for work, entertainment, contests, etc.: spelling bee, working bee.
-- phrase
4. a bee in one's bonnet, a. an obsession. b. a slightly crazy idea, attitude, fad, etc.
5. the bee's knees, Colloquial someone or something arousing great admiration.
[ME; OE beo, c. D bij, Icel. by ]
-- beelike, adjective