honor

noun
hon·​or | \ ˈä-nər How to pronounce honor (audio) \

Definition of honor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : good name or public esteem : reputation
b : a showing of usually merited respect : recognition pay honor to our founder
2 : privilege had the honor of joining the captain for dinner
3 : a person of superior standing now used especially as a title for a holder of high office if Your Honor please
4 : one whose worth brings respect or fame : credit an honor to the profession
5 : the center point of the upper half of an armorial escutcheon
6 : an evidence or symbol of distinction: such 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 honors plural

(1) : an academic distinction conferred on a superior student
(2) : a course of study for superior students supplementing or replacing a regular course
7 : chastity, purity fought fiercely for her honor and her life— Barton Black
8a : 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
9 honors plural : social courtesies or civilities extended by a host asked her to do the honors
10a(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

honor

verb
hon·​or | \ ˈä-nər How to pronounce honor (audio) \
honored; honoring\ ˈä-​nə-​riŋ How to pronounce honoring (audio) , ˈän-​riŋ \

Definition of honor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : to live up to or fulfill the terms of honor a commitment
b : to accept as payment honor a credit card
3 : to salute with a bow in square dancing

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Other Words from honor

Verb

honoree \ ˌä-​nə-​ˈrē How to pronounce honoree (audio) \ noun
honorer \ ˈä-​nər-​ər How to pronounce honorer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for honor

Synonyms: Noun

honesty, integrity, probity, rectitude, righteousness, uprightness

Synonyms: Verb

fete (or fête), recognize

Antonyms: Noun

baseness, dishonor, lowness

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Noun

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

Examples of honor in a Sentence

Noun

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 Whoever footed the bill, the episode gave Marsh a taste of the grand life she yearned for. Presiding at balls in her honor and making entrances at lavish picnics were distinctions she could never have dreamed of back home. — Edmund S. Morgan et al., New York Review of Books, 27 Sept. 2007 "As I was saying," he said, smiling at the sea of students before him, all of whom were still gazing transfixed at Mad-Eye Moody, "we are to have the honor of hosting a very exciting event over the coming months, an event that has not been held for over a century." — J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000 These people deserve to be treated with honor. The team brought honor to the school. The building was named in honor of the city's founder. He was prepared to fight to defend his family's honor. She has a keen sense of honor. He would not do it as a matter of honor. He's a man of honor. It was an honor to be invited.

Verb

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 But by talking with hikers and trail builders in the years since, and tracing the history these stone piles carry with them, I would learn that cairns are more than just interesting curiosities. I would discover that cairns honor the dead, save lives, mark boundaries, protect vegetation, claim territory, and reflect the seasons. — Barbara Claire Kasselmann, AMC Outdoors, May 1999 Ricketts left for Mexico to study typhus in July of that year, where it killed him in 1910 at the age of thirty-nine. To honor his memory, the organisms that cause typhus and sundry spotted fevers were dubbed rickettsia in 1916. — Wayne Biddle, A Field Guide to Germs, 1995 "Elegant Attire is a tradition in the Saratoga Clubhouse," says a sign outside the clubhouse. "Ladies and gentlemen who continue to honor this tradition (e.g., dresses, suits or sport jackets) are always appreciated." It is not easy to arbitrate good taste, particularly when the temperature is soaring toward the 90's on a humid day. — George Vecsey, New York Times, 21 Aug. 1994 When we got married, we promised to love and honor each other. We were honored with the queen's presence. She has been honored by several organizations for her charitable works. We need to find an appropriate way to honor these brave people. They have established a scholarship as a way to honor his memory. They are accused of failing to honor their debts.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

College honors: Lexi Anderson is included on the president’s list at Capital University. cleveland.com, "Avon’s Heritage Gazebo celebrates 20 years as center landmark: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake, and North Ridgeville," 5 July 2019 The 369th got a parade on their return, and Butler received the Distinguished Service Cross and France's highest military honor, but not the U.S. Medal of Honor. Chip Reid, CBS News, "Professors dig through history to prove WWI hero deserves a Medal of Honor," 4 July 2019 Zavolas, Grisham honored: Right-hander Noah Zavolas was named the Brewers’ minor-league pitcher for June and outfielder Trent Grisham got that honor for hitters, his second in a row. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reds 5, Brewers 4 (11): Defensive mistake gives away the game," 2 July 2019 Senior pitcher/first baseman Dylan Theut took home MVP honors, finishing 10-0 with a 0.40 ERA, 102 strikeouts, 27 walks and 33 hits allowed in 69 2/3 innings. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Fulshear, Needville, Royal, Stafford earn all-District 25-4A baseball honors," 1 July 2019 Humphrey is only the second person to attain that honor, and the only Oregonian with so many wins under her belt. oregonlive.com, "Royal Rosarians find, and award, the best rose gardens in Portland," 26 June 2019 This year’s celebrations honor the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Ysabelle Kempe, BostonGlobe.com, "Needham celebrates Independence Day with fireworks, parade," 25 June 2019 Nipsey Hussle is gone but not forgotten Nipsey Hussle was posthumously honored with the Humanitarian Award, with his family accepting the honor. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, "The top 7 moments from the BET Awards," 24 June 2019 Climbing Everest is a privilege, an honor, not a trophy. Mark Jenkins, Outside Online, "How to Fix Everest," 20 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Astros also will honor Tyler Skaggs, the Angels pitcher who died in the team hotel near Dallas on Monday. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Astros freebies this weekend include Gerrit Cole bobblehead," 5 July 2019 The free festival, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., will honor the late graphic novel writer and Cleveland Heights resident Harvey Pekar with a wide array of activities for children and adults. cleveland.com, "Annual Cain Park Arts Festival is July 12-14; Wigs for Kids Day 5K takes place July 20; more: Press Run," 5 July 2019 Deerfield also has honored students at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, "Signs of success: Deerfield among towns to honor state champions with roadside recognition," 5 July 2019 National Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk Day, which happens to correspond with Independence Day, honors the strange tradition of putting summer’s heat to the test with nothing more than an egg and a slab of cement. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "Attempting to Fry an Egg on the Sidewalk Has Been a Summer Pastime for Over 100 Years," 4 July 2019 The Southern Region is honoring Ed Finley who died last summer by hosting the 2019 Southern Regional Championships at Mills Pond, Fort Lauderdale, Florida July 20 and 21. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Southern Regional barefoot ski event to honor late member," 3 July 2019 The rededication also honored the generosity of the Zak family. Dennis Hohenberger, courant.com, "Suffield Rededicates Kent Memorial Library," 3 July 2019 Hundreds of New York City police officers honored a former detective who fought until his final days for the extension of health benefits for 9/11 first responders. David Begnaud, CBS News, "Hundreds of officers honor Luis Alvarez at funeral, detective who fought for 9/11 victims," 3 July 2019 Zavolas, Grisham honored: Right-hander Noah Zavolas was named the Brewers’ minor-league pitcher for June and outfielder Trent Grisham got that honor for hitters, his second in a row. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reds 5, Brewers 4 (11): Defensive mistake gives away the game," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of honor

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for honor

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French onur, honur, from Latin honos, honor

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honor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of honor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

honor

verb

English Language Learners Definition of honor (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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)

honor

noun
hon·​or | \ ˈä-nər How to pronounce honor (audio) \

Kids Definition of honor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : good character as judged by other people : reputation
2 : outward respect : recognition The dinner is in honor of the new coach.
3 : privilege sense 1 You will have the honor of leading the parade.
4 used especially as a title for an official of high rank Please welcome His Honor, the mayor.
5 : a person whose character and accomplishments bring respect or fame You are an honor to your profession.
6 : evidence or a symbol of great respect She's won many national honors.
7 : high moral standards of behavior He's a man of honor.

honor

verb
honored; honoring

Kids Definition of honor (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : respect entry 2 sense 1 Honor your parents.
2 : to recognize and show admiration for publicly He was honored at a special ceremony.
3 : to live up to or fulfill the requirements of She didn't honor her promise.
hon·​or
honored; honoring

Legal Definition of honor

1 : to accept and pay the bank honored the check
2 : to purchase or discount (a draft) in compliance with a letter of credit

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