honorable mention


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

Examples of honorable mention in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of honorable mention is the 7,000-square-foot, two-story presidential suite. Susmita Baral, Travel + Leisure, 29 Mar. 2024 Heim made the honorable mention list in 2021 when Texas Monthly named the state’s Top 50 barbecue restaurants. Bud Kennedy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 27 Mar. 2024 An honorable mention All-America selection, Crooks averaged 19.5 points and 7.8 rebounds for Iowa State, having committed to the home state school as a 16-year-old from Algona, Iowa (population 5,336). Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 23 Mar. 2024 Meanwhile, Dotson earned an honorable mention in All-Big 12 honors. Shreyas Laddha, Kansas City Star, 7 Mar. 2024 The Watts native also leads the Trojans in rebounds with 7.2 per game and tallied 2.6 steals and 1.6 blocks per game to earn conference all-defensive honorable mention, along with teammate Rayah Marshall. Thuc Nhi Nguyen, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2024 This includes one transfer from Michigan in wide receiver Giles Jackson, who earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a returner for the Wolverines in 2019 and has 50 receptions across three seasons since joining the Huskies. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 7 Jan. 2024 For athletic wear, one name dominates the conversation, Nike NKE +0.5%, with honorable mention to Adidas and Puma. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 Oprah Winfrey, who moved to Milwaukee from Mississippi at the age of six, tops this list of honorable mentions with almost a quarter-million annual pageviews. Alex Groth, Journal Sentinel, 21 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of honorable mention was in 1797

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“Honorable mention.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honorable%20mention. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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