What does the word apiary mean? Apiary is an animal husbandry term first known to have been in use at around 1654.
It derives from the latin Apiarium from Apis (bee). The term Apiary is defined as a place where bees are kept, especially a place where hives or colonies of bees are kept for honey production. An apiary can be one beehive or 1000 beehives. Where ever you keep your beehives is an apiary.
If you keep bees, or have beehives then you are an apiarist.