noun hon·or \ˈä-nər\

: respect that is given to someone who is admired

: good reputation : good quality or character as judged by other people

: high moral standards of behavior

Full Definition of HONOR

a :  good name or public esteem :  reputation
b :  a showing of usually merited respect :  recognition <pay honor to our founder>
:  privilege <had the honor of joining the captain for dinner>
:  a person of superior standing —now used especially as a title for a holder of high office <if Your Honor please>
:  one whose worth brings respect or fame :  credit <an honor to the profession>
:  the center point of the upper half of an armorial escutcheon
:  an evidence or symbol of distinction: as
a :  an exalted title or rank
b (1) :  badge, decoration
(2) :  a ceremonial rite or observance <buried with full military honors>
c :  an award in a contest or field of competition
d archaic :  a gesture of deference :  bow
e plural
(1) :  an academic distinction conferred on a superior student (2) :  a course of study for superior students supplementing or replacing a regular course
:  chastity, purity <fought fiercely for her honor and her life — Barton Black>
a :  a keen sense of ethical conduct :  integrity <a man of honor>
b :  one's word given as a guarantee of performance <on my honor, I will be there>
plural :  social courtesies or civilities extended by a host <asked her to do the honors>
a (1) :  an ace, king, queen, jack, or ten especially of the trump suit in bridge (2) :  the scoring value of honors held in bridge —usually used in plural
b :  the privilege of playing first from the tee in golf

Examples of HONOR

  1. These people deserve to be treated with honor.
  2. The team brought honor to the school.
  3. The building was named in honor of the city's founder.
  4. He was prepared to fight to defend his family's honor.
  5. She has a keen sense of honor.
  6. He would not do it as a matter of honor.
  7. He's a man of honor.
  8. It was an honor to be invited.
  9. Many of the Persians, despite belonging to the Barbarian Other, come off with honor and dignity in his pages, even during the final narrative of Xerxes' invasion. —Peter Green, New York Review of Books, 15 May 2008

Origin of HONOR

Middle English, from Anglo-French onur, honur, from Latin honos, honor
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of HONOR

honor, homage, reverence, deference mean respect and esteem shown to another. honor may apply to the recognition of one's right to great respect or to any expression of such recognition <the nomination is an honor>. homage adds the implication of accompanying praise <paying homage to Shakespeare>. reverence implies profound respect mingled with love, devotion, or awe <great reverence for my father>. deference implies a yielding or submitting to another's judgment or preference out of respect or reverence <showed no deference to their elders>.
synonyms see in addition honesty

Other Forms of Address Terms

appellation, beatitude, brethren, emeritus, esquire, sire, sous

Rhymes with HONOR


verb hon·or \ˈä-nər\

: to regard or treat (someone) with respect and admiration : to show or give honor to (someone)

: to show admiration for (someone or something) in a public way : to give a public honor to (someone or something)

: to do what is required by (something, such as a promise or a contract)

hon·oredhon·or·ing \ˈä-nə-riŋ, ˈän-riŋ\

Full Definition of HONOR

transitive verb
a :  to regard or treat (someone) with admiration and respect :  to regard or treat with honor
b :  to give special recognition to :  to confer honor on
a :  to live up to or fulfill the terms of <honor a commitment>
b :  to accept as payment <honor a credit card>
:  to salute with a bow in square dancing
hon·or·ee \ˌä-nə-ˈrē\ noun
hon·or·er \ˈä-nər-ər\ noun

Examples of HONOR

  1. When we got married, we promised to love and honor each other.
  2. We were honored with the queen's presence.
  3. She has been honored by several organizations for her charitable works.
  4. We need to find an appropriate way to honor these brave people.
  5. They have established a scholarship as a way to honor his memory.
  6. They are accused of failing to honor their debts.
  7. Cape Ann, an hour's drive north of Boston, is far sleepier than the famous elbow that bounds the southern reach of Massachusetts Bay. … There aren't any schmaltzy songs about my granite cape, which was named to honor a queen, thank you very much. —Anita Diamant, National Geographic Traveler, September 2005

Origin of HONOR

(see 1honor)
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Dance Terms

attitude, saltatory, sashay, taw


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