honorable mention


Definition of honorable mention 

: a distinction conferred (as in a contest or exhibition) on works or persons of exceptional merit but not deserving of top honors

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West, an honorable mention All-Metro player at Northwestern, attended Fork Union Military Academy before enrolling at Towson for the 2011 season. baltimoresun.com, "Saints signing former Ravens running back Terrance West, report says," 13 June 2018 Nanosky, who was selected to the second team, garners his second straight All-OAC accolade after also being named as an honorable mention last season. 'sam' Boyer/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Scouts had a day of good deeds at the farm: Whit & Whimsey (Photos)," 11 May 2018 The group must rely on cornerback Donnie Lewis Jr., an honorable mention All-AAC selection. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Tulane Green Wave are fighting to move up in AAC, ranked No. 114 in 2018 college football rankings," 5 May 2018 All-conference: The 200-yard freestyle relay team made honorable mention. Melanie Laughman, Cincinnati.com, "Photographs and memories: Mother of Mercy's final athletic year, 2017-2018," 2 July 2018 Carolina couldn’t even crack the four-team honorable mentions list. Jonathan Jones, SI.com, "Panthers' Defense Belongs to Eric Washington Now," 27 June 2018 Other finalists' recipes scored in the contest included the Boursin Burger (runner-up), Mess Around Burger (third place) and Spunny’s BBQ Burger (honorable mention). Daniel Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Burgers with pizzazz: Surf 'n' turf burger judged best in annual BBQ contest," 18 June 2018 The two Broncos finished 21st and 22nd overall, respectively, for honorable mention All-American recognition. Rachel Roberts, idahostatesman, "Boise State's 'Baby-faced Assassin' handles NCAA prelims with ease," 7 June 2018 Three of those players are gone, including Jacob Alsadek, who earned all-conference honorable mention honors last season. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Arizona eager to build on progress, is No. 62 in 2018 preseason college football rankings," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of honorable mention

1797, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of honorable mention

: an award or special praise given to someone who has done something extremely well but who has not won any of the official prizes

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