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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Elise Reilly also earned All-Conference honorable mention recognition. Spring Hill College Athletics, AL.com, "Valentine named Player of Year leading three Badgers on All-SIAC list," 26 Feb. 2018 The new tandem mode—which lets two people fight or cooperate for control of a single bike—helps put it over the top onto our honorable mentions list. Kyle Orland, Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "The top ten games from E3 2018," 19 June 2018 Gage Malensek of Brookfield Central, the junior point guard catalyzing the attack for the Greater Metro Conference champion, was also named honorable mention, as was Kenosha Bradford's De'Monte Nelson. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Herro, Diener, Basile, Cartier, Gentry named unanimous All-State selections," 19 Mar. 2018 In baseball, the 6-1, 175-pound Bowen is an shortstop and outfielder who is ranked No. 9 in Ohio and was a second-team preseason Perfect Game Underclass All-American this spring after earning high honorable mention as a sophomore. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State hopes Jase Bowen, Adam Berghorst are two-sport stars," 2 May 2018 Williams, who is from Lawton, Okla., had a career-high four interceptions in 12 starts as a senior to earn honorable mention in the American Athletic Conference. Joseph Duarte, Houston Chronicle, "University of Houston safety Terrell Williams signs with 49ers," 29 Apr. 2018 Randolph, currently a junior at Franklin-Simpson High School in Simpson County, earned honorable mention in the 2017 Associated Press all-state football team. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville snags third 2019 football commit in guard Jack Randolph of Franklin-Simpson High," 15 Apr. 2018 Hocker earned honorable mention all-Cincinnati Hills League this past season. John Snodgrass, Cincinnati.com, "Recruiting Trail: MND's Moss to BG, CHCA's Barnard to Bucknell," 29 Mar. 2018 In addition, Penn sophomore forward AJ Brodeur was a unanimous selection for the all-Ivy first team, while sophomore guard Ryan Betley was a second-team choice and senior point guard Darnell Foreman earned honorable mention. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Penn's Steve Donahue named Ivy League coach of the year," 6 Mar. 2018

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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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