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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With cornerbacks Chase Lucas and Kobe Williams, plus safety Aashari Crosswell (honorable mention all-conference as a rookie), the Devils have the foundation for one of the best back lines in the division. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Pac-12 football look-ahead series: Strongest and weakest units in the South," 26 June 2019 That is the question the Enquirer will answer, starting with the teams that earned honorable mention outside of our Top 10. Mark Schmetzer, Cincinnati.com, "Glory Days: Which Cincinnati teams are among top high school baseball squads of all time?," 25 June 2019 The Eagles have four first-team All-County selections, four second-team picks and an honorable mention. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "Broward 6A-1A baseball player of the year: Benjamin Rozenblum, Calvary Christian senior," 19 June 2019 Waters additionally earned honorable mention All-American honors from the Associated Press and was named SEC player of the week once in 2019. Amie Just, nola.com, "LSU guard Tremont Waters selected as No. 51 pick by Boston Celtics," 20 June 2019 High School: first, Chloe Klue; second, Mireye Newhan; third, Jaxon Brouwer; honorable mention, Jarrett Price. San Diego Union-Tribune, "North County School News, June 13," 13 June 2019 Finally, honorable mention must go to Billy Porter, who is currently both king and queen of the red carpet, having aced the Academy Awards and the Met Gala. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "The 2019 Tony Awards: “Hadestown” Triumphs, Elaine May Sparkles, and Billy Porter Wins the Red Carpet," 10 June 2019 Other honorable mentions were Drake and Troye Sivan; in the past, the boy band hinted of hopes to work with Shawn Mendes and Dolly Parton. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Watch BTS Member Jungkook Lip Sync to Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy"," 9 June 2019 He was given an honorable mention for the association’s Police Officer of the Year award. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "St. Paul’s ‘Officer of the Year’ honored again for professionalism and compassion," 8 June 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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