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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He was named Class 4A All-State in 2008 as a defensive lineman and was an honorable mention All-State player as an athlete in 2009. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al, "Member of Auburn’s 2010 national title team dies," 10 Aug. 2019 Kelly, a two-time All-Sun Belt honorable mention selection, was named to both the 2019 Phil Steele and the 2019 Athlon preseason All-Sun Belt fourth teams this preseason. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "College Notebook: Century grad, Loyola standout Kristen Yanchoris named Patriot League’s top scholar-athlete," 29 July 2019 Pinckney, meanwhile, was an All-ACC honorable mention selection. Christy Cabrera Chirinos, sun-sentinel.com, "No longer the favorite: Hurricanes picked to finish as Coastal Division runner-up behind Virginia," 22 July 2019 Hodgins, 2018 All-Pac-12 honorable mention selection last season, is one of 50 players on the Biletnikoff Award initial watch list. oregonlive.com, "Trio of Oregon State Beavers land on preseason awards watch lists," 19 July 2019 Wozniak and Orange Lutheran’s Max Rajcic, a junior this past season, received honorable mention. Steve Fryer, Orange County Register, "Notes: Cypress’ John Weber named national baseball coach of the year," 18 June 2019 This untitled sculpture by Pam Watson won an honorable mention at the OC Fair. Richard Chang, Daily Pilot, "Get yer fresh, hot art at the OC Fair," 18 July 2019 In Washington’s San Juan Island National Historical Park, Kevin Ebi, who earned an honorable mention in the same division, stumbled upon a remarkable interaction. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Audubon Photography Award Winners Show the Breathtaking Beauty of Wild Birds," 16 July 2019 Joyce Kimeli, Redshirt junior, distance, women’s XC/T&F Kimeli got an honorable mention All-America for coming in 21st in the 5000m distance run at the NCAA championships in June. Sam Blum | Sblum@al.com, al.com, "Auburn’s 10 potential breakout athletes for 2019-20," 14 July 2019

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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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