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

Kate Middleton has arrived to Westminster Abbey with other members of the royal family in honor of Commonwealth Day, which honors the 53 countries in the British Commonwealth. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Stuns in a Red Catherine Walker Coat at Westminster Abbey," 11 Mar. 2019 The biggest show of the year brings out the best in the business to Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, all in the hopes of taking home one of the industry’s highest honors. Vogue, "All the Dresses & Fashion on the Oscars 2019 Red Carpet," 24 Feb. 2019 The lippie, named in Jordyn's honor, has actually been on sale since January. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner's Lip Kit Named After Jordyn Woods Went on Sale – But There's More to the Story," 22 Feb. 2019 To celebrate its unveiling, the brilliant bartenders at Harry's have created a cocktail in the building's—as well as the original Harry's—honor called The Old Mr. Johnson. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Designer Cocktail: Old Mr. Johnson," 23 Jan. 2019 Nothing can take that honor away from Ocasio-Cortez, but the trolls sure can (and will) try. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "People Love Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Even More After Dance Video Meant to Shame Her," 3 Jan. 2019 The latter is not the best phone in that price range—we'd give that honor to the OnePlus 6T—and Samsung's take on Android is always a mess. Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: Get a Galaxy S9 for $520, plus more early Black Friday deals [Updated]," 21 Nov. 2018 In doing so, they honor tradition — and all the ways it might be redefined. Harper Smith, Allure, "The Beauty Secrets of Mariachi Las Alteñas, an All-Female Mariachi Band in the Heart of Texas," 13 Nov. 2018 Citing the allegations, the New York Chapter of the AIA rescinded honors for the firm, Cornell University declined gifts from the firm, and Sotheby’s closed an exhibition about his work. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Richard Meier is out following sexual harassment allegations—sort of," 9 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Steve Irwin's wife, Terri, has worked hard with her two children to celebrate the Crocodile Hunter's legacy—and he was recently honored with a Google Doodle for his 57th birthday. Katina Beniaris, Woman's Day, "Steve Irwin's Wife Reveals the Heartbreaking Reason Why She Hasn't Dated Since He Died," 22 Feb. 2019 And that’s especially true if you’re honored with one of CES’s Innovations Awards. Lisa Liebman, Glamour, "CES Just Doesn’t Know What to Do With a Sex Toy for Women," 18 Jan. 2019 The spirit of the All-Star Game centers around honoring the season’s best players. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Nick Castellanos is an All-Star snub. Who's to blame?," 9 July 2018 Privacy - Terms So do your part to honor this unofficial-but-still-glorious holiday by eating some fries. Michelle Jenkins, idahostatesman, "It's never been easier, or maybe greasier, to support The Idaho Foodbank: Just eat fries!," 7 July 2018 Barrington has a beautiful library, and I am honored to display my pictures there. Todd Shields, chicagotribune.com, "Shout Out: Ron Johnson, whose photos are on display at Barrington Area Library," 6 July 2018 Arts fans will want to take note of two events coming up at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts that will likely sell out: A concert honoring Prince and a return by the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "2 shows for arts lovers head to Dr. Phillips Center," 6 July 2018 Now, movements such as #OscarsSoWhite, a call for Hollywood diversity that emerged in 2015, and the rising influence of social media, have changed the conversation about which films deserve to be honored. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "In Charged Political Climate, Best Picture Oscar is About More than the Movie," 21 Feb. 2019 Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall attended London Fashion Week (LFW) to honor designer Bethany Williams with the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Camilla Sits Front-Row at London Fashion Week on the Queen's Behalf," 19 Feb. 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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