honorable mention


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web All-state honorable mention, all-district first team and all-conference. Dave Melton, Chicago Tribune, 25 Nov. 2022 The Blue Streaks have three All-Ohio players in Lauren Yacobucci (first team), Sophia Anghilante (second team) and Julia Sprecher (honorable mention). Joe Magill, cleveland, 9 Nov. 2022 All-County honorable mention, Sunshine State Athletic All-Conference selection, three-star prospect, No. 106 ATH in the 2023 class. Alex Kushel, Sun Sentinel, 22 Aug. 2022 West Salem inside linebacker Luke Noel and defensive back Brennan Kennedy both earned first-team all-state, with defensive end Connor Bahr as an honorable mention pick. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 18 Nov. 2022 Seniors Eve Stephens and Ellen Floyd were named to the All-GNAC First Team while fellow seniors Lisa Jaunet and Talia Leauanae received honorable mention recognition. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Nov. 2022 With his honorable mention photo, Laurent Formery—a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley—showed the dazzling symmetry of a two-month-old juvenile sea star. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Oct. 2022 The other tackle, Mykee Irving, goes 6-feet-3, 320 and earned Pioneer Football League honorable mention recognition. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Oct. 2022 Two months after being cited by the Colonial Athletic Association as an honorable mention kick and punt returner, the redshirt senior returned a kick 96 yards for a touchdown in Saturday’s 65-7 loss at West Virginia. Edward Lee, Baltimore Sun, 24 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined above

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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 9 Dec. 2022.

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