Legion of Honor

noun phrase

: a French order conferred as a reward for civil or military merit

Examples of Legion of Honor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now in their 90s, the World War II veterans are headed to France, with Archie in tow, to receive the Legion of Honor medal. Yvonne Zipp, The Christian Science Monitor, 28 Mar. 2024 Marveled at 500-year-old sketches by Sandro Botticelli at the Legion of Honor museum. Amy Ettinger, Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2024 That footage has caused an uproar in France, including threats by then culture minister Rima Abdul-Malak that Depardieu’s Legion of Honor would be scrapped. Variety, NBC News, 23 Jan. 2024 Depardieu’s likeness was removed from a Paris wax museum, in addition to France’s culture minister saying there would be disciplinary proceedings to potentially strip Depardieu of his Legion of Honor. Larisha Paul, Rolling Stone, 22 Jan. 2024 Industry luminaries including Sophie Marceau and Laure Calamy called out the actor and then culture minister Rima Abdul-Malak suggested Depardieu could be stripped of his Legion of Honor medal, the country’s top civilian award. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Jan. 2024 However, the tide is starting to shift — while French President Emmanuel Macron refused to revoke his Legion of Honor, the Paris wax museum went ahead and removed his statue on Dec. 18. Elsa Keslassy, Variety, 11 Jan. 2024 Macron also criticized his culture minister’s decision to launch a disciplinary procedure concerning Depardieu’s prestigious Order of the Legion of Honor, which could lead to the award getting rescinded. Sylvie Corbet, Fortune Europe, 24 Dec. 2023 Macron rejected the suggestion by his own culture minister that Depardieu should lose the Legion of Honor, one of France’s highest awards, arguing it is merited for great artists who might be bad people. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, 23 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1802, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Legion of Honor was in 1802

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“Legion of Honor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Legion%20of%20Honor. Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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