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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SanDisk's drive snagged an honorable mention in our list of the best SSDs for most people, just behind the Samsung 860 EVO. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "The 1TB Samsung 860 EVO, our favorite SSD for most people, is cheaper than ever," 13 Aug. 2018 Frank was an honorable mention All-American pick by Perfect Game. Shandel Richardson, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Florida Atlantic pitcher Zach Schneider and shortstop Tyler Frank receive postseason honors," 14 June 2018 The Baltimore Sun’s Dining Guide was an honorable mention in the Best Special Section category. Anna Muckerman, baltimoresun.com, "The Baltimore Sun wins nine Society for Features Journalism awards," 12 June 2018 Hill was an All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2016 after making 21 tackles, including three for a loss. Tim Bielik, cleveland.com, "See where all of Ohio State's 2018 undrafted free agents have signed," 28 Apr. 2018 When all was said and done, Moore was awarded $250 as an honorable mention winner. Carol Cormaci, latimes.com, "La Cañada History: Local woman sews up trip to New York City in 1958 Singer contest," 18 June 2018 The top three finishers received a monetary prize from People’s Bank, and the honorable mention winners received a gift certificate from a local restaurant and an additional gift from the town. Allan Vought, The Aegis, "Bel Air honors its student historic poster winners," 25 May 2018 Other winners from our coverage area included Dahlia Moskowitz, of Fuchs Mizrachi School, who won a $15,000 scholarship as first runner up, and honorable mention winner Schuyler Radivoyevitech, of Cleveland Heights High School. Jeff Piorkowski/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Shaker Heights Moreland design winners named; Maltz essay contest winners announced; more: Press Run," 4 May 2018 More coverage Louisville juniors Deng Adel and Ray Spalding made the All-ACC honorable mention list. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball's Anas Mahmoud earns All-ACC defensive honors," 4 Mar. 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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