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 honor (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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Verb

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for honor

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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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

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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 In honor of what would be Gianna Bryant’s 15th birthday, Vanessa Bryant announced the Mambacita clothing line on Friday. Los Angeles Times, "Vanessa Bryant announces Mambacita clothing line for Gigi’s 15th birthday," 30 Apr. 2021 Flossmoor Station released a Cherry Kratos Imperial Stout in honor of the anniversary. Bill Jones, chicagotribune.com, "‘More collaboration than competition’: Dixie Highway Brewery Trail marks 2 years of promotional partnership among 8 businesses," 30 Apr. 2021 Home Town star Erin Napier was delighted when her hometown crew threw her an unexpected bash in honor of the upcoming birth of her second daughter expected this May— and the festivities encompassed quite the Southern flair. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Erin Napier's Best Gals Throw Her a Diaper Shower with the Most Southern Casserole Tradition," 30 Apr. 2021 Representatives from both gathered at the restaurant on April 22 for a brief ceremony in honor of the partnership. Mary Sullivan, baltimoresun.com, "Wreaths Across America boosted by donation from Laurel’s Mission BBQ | OLD TOWN," 29 Apr. 2021 Now, in honor of Mental Health Awareness Month this May, Rare Beauty's introducing a new education and advocacy campaign focused on bringing more mental health services and financial support to schools. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Selena Gomez Hopes She 'Can Help Others' with Mental Health Initiative Launched with Rare Beauty," 29 Apr. 2021 The attraction in Times Square released photos Wednesday of the work done so far on busts of Vice President Kamala Harris and US President Joe Biden in honor of their 100th day in office. CNN, "Kamala Harris to be first vice president with wax figure at Madame Tussauds," 29 Apr. 2021 In honor of the film’s 40th anniversary, star Sam Jones will be making an appearance at North Coast Nostalgia in Parma to meet fans and sign autographs, which are $40 for the first signature and $20 for each one after. cleveland, "16 things to do in Cleveland this weekend, April 29-May 2," 29 Apr. 2021 In honor of Curtis, the festival’s short film audience award has been renamed the Matthew Curtis Audience Award for Best Short Film. Kathleen Christiansen, orlandosentinel.com, "Florida Film Festival announces 2021 award winners," 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Existing banners and plaques and the Algonquin Hall of Fame will remain unchanged to honor the school’s previous athletic achievements. BostonGlobe.com, "Algonquin Regional High School to retire Tomahawks mascot," 1 May 2021 Harness your fire energy for the betterment of your life and start to honor what dedication can teach you about yourself and those closest to you. Meghan Rose, Glamour, "Aries Tarot Horoscopes: May 2021," 1 May 2021 The disaster occurred at Mount Meron at the main celebrations of Lag BaOmer, a holiday when tens of thousands of people, mostly ultra-Orthodox Jews, gather to honor Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a 2nd century sage and mystic who is buried there. Joseph Krauss, chicagotribune.com, "Stampede at Israeli religious festival reportedly leaves at least 44 dead, 150 hospitalized," 30 Apr. 2021 Shelly Denny, the founder of the Medicine Wheel Riders, explained some are personal and others are suggested by people who want to honor a victim. Nienke Onneweer, The Arizona Republic, "'It's everyone's problem': Women's motorcycle tour group spotlights issue of missing, murdered Indigenous women," 30 Apr. 2021 Do whatever is necessary to honor promises without making new ones. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for April 30, 2021: Happy birthday Johnny Galecki; Scorpio, honor promises, avoid new ones," 30 Apr. 2021 The disaster occurred at Mount Meron at the main celebrations of Lag BaOmer, a holiday when tens of thousands of people, mostly ultra-Orthodox Jews, gather to honor Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, a 2nd century sage and mystic who is buried there. Joseph Krauss, Star Tribune, "Israeli medic: Nearly 40 people killed in stampede," 29 Apr. 2021 Laolu wanted to honor mothers, and women in general, and challenge the perception of a woman’s place in society through a Western hemispheric lens. D'shonda Brown, Essence, "Nigerian Artist Laolu Raises Malaria Awareness Through Afromysterics," 28 Apr. 2021 Past presidents have used their speeches to honor individuals or to offer brief tributes to people in attendance to personalize their agenda. Ken Thomas, WSJ, "What Time Is Biden’s Speech Tonight? How to Watch and Stream the President’s Address," 28 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of honor was in the 13th century

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“Honor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honor. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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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