honorable mention

noun

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

First Known Use of honorable mention

1797


HONORABLE MENTION Defined for English Language Learners

honorable mention

noun

Definition of honorable mention for English Language Learners

  • : 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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