honor

noun
hon·​or | \ ˈä-nər How to pronounce honor (audio) \

Definition of honor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : good name or public esteem : reputation
b : a showing of usually merited respect : recognition pay honor to our founder
2 : privilege had the honor of joining the captain for dinner
3 : a person of superior standing now used especially as a title for a holder of high office if Your Honor please
4 : one whose worth brings respect or fame : credit an honor to the profession
5 : the center point of the upper half of an armorial escutcheon
6 : an evidence or symbol of distinction: such as
a : an exalted title or rank
b(1) : badge, decoration
(2) : a ceremonial rite or observance buried with full military honors
c : an award in a contest or field of competition
d archaic : a gesture of deference : bow

e honors plural

(1) : an academic distinction conferred on a superior student
(2) : a course of study for superior students supplementing or replacing a regular course
7 : chastity, purity fought fiercely for her honor and her life— Barton Black
8a : a keen sense of ethical conduct : integrity a man of honor
b : one's word given as a guarantee of performance on my honor, I will be there
9 honors plural : social courtesies or civilities extended by a host asked her to do the honors
10a(1) : an ace, king, queen, jack, or ten especially of the trump suit in bridge
(2) : the scoring value of honors held in bridge usually used in plural
b : the privilege of playing first from the tee in golf

honor

verb
hon·​or | \ ˈä-nər How to pronounce honor (audio) \
honored; honoring\ ˈä-​nə-​riŋ How to pronounce honoring (audio) , ˈän-​riŋ \

Definition of honor (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to regard or treat (someone) with admiration and respect : to regard or treat with honor
b : to give special recognition to : to confer honor on
2a : to live up to or fulfill the terms of honor a commitment
b : to accept as payment honor a credit card
3 : to salute with a bow in square dancing

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Other Words from honor

Verb

honoree \ ˌä-​nə-​ˈrē How to pronounce honoree (audio) \ noun
honorer \ ˈä-​nər-​ər How to pronounce honorer (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for honor

Synonyms: Noun

honesty, integrity, probity, rectitude, righteousness, uprightness

Synonyms: Verb

fete (or fête), recognize

Antonyms: Noun

baseness, dishonor, lowness

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Noun

honor, homage, reverence, deference mean respect and esteem shown to another. honor may apply to the recognition of one's right to great respect or to any expression of such recognition. the nomination is an honor homage adds the implication of accompanying praise. paying homage to Shakespeare reverence implies profound respect mingled with love, devotion, or awe. great reverence for my father deference implies a yielding or submitting to another's judgment or preference out of respect or reverence. showed no deference to their elders

synonyms see in addition honesty

Examples of honor in a Sentence

Noun

Many of the Persians, despite belonging to the Barbarian Other, come off with honor and dignity in his pages, even during the final narrative of Xerxes' invasion. — Peter Green, New York Review of Books, 15 May 2008 Whoever footed the bill, the episode gave Marsh a taste of the grand life she yearned for. Presiding at balls in her honor and making entrances at lavish picnics were distinctions she could never have dreamed of back home. — Edmund S. Morgan et al., New York Review of Books, 27 Sept. 2007 "As I was saying," he said, smiling at the sea of students before him, all of whom were still gazing transfixed at Mad-Eye Moody, "we are to have the honor of hosting a very exciting event over the coming months, an event that has not been held for over a century." — J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2000 These people deserve to be treated with honor. The team brought honor to the school. The building was named in honor of the city's founder. He was prepared to fight to defend his family's honor. She has a keen sense of honor. He would not do it as a matter of honor. He's a man of honor. It was an honor to be invited.

Verb

Cape Ann, an hour's drive north of Boston, is far sleepier than the famous elbow that bounds the southern reach of Massachusetts Bay.  … There aren't any schmaltzy songs about my granite cape, which was named to honor a queen, thank you very much. — Anita Diamant, National Geographic Traveler, September 2005 But by talking with hikers and trail builders in the years since, and tracing the history these stone piles carry with them, I would learn that cairns are more than just interesting curiosities. I would discover that cairns honor the dead, save lives, mark boundaries, protect vegetation, claim territory, and reflect the seasons. — Barbara Claire Kasselmann, AMC Outdoors, May 1999 Ricketts left for Mexico to study typhus in July of that year, where it killed him in 1910 at the age of thirty-nine. To honor his memory, the organisms that cause typhus and sundry spotted fevers were dubbed rickettsia in 1916. — Wayne Biddle, A Field Guide to Germs, 1995 "Elegant Attire is a tradition in the Saratoga Clubhouse," says a sign outside the clubhouse. "Ladies and gentlemen who continue to honor this tradition (e.g., dresses, suits or sport jackets) are always appreciated." It is not easy to arbitrate good taste, particularly when the temperature is soaring toward the 90's on a humid day. — George Vecsey, New York Times, 21 Aug. 1994 When we got married, we promised to love and honor each other. We were honored with the queen's presence. She has been honored by several organizations for her charitable works. We need to find an appropriate way to honor these brave people. They have established a scholarship as a way to honor his memory. They are accused of failing to honor their debts.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

After years of working with the duchess, Archer was rewarded with a prestigious honor: her appointment to the Royal Victorian Order. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton's Stylist Natasha Archer Receives an Impressive Royal Honor," 3 May 2019 Today, for example, Kate Middleton's stylist and personal assistant Natasha Archer received a special honor for her service. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Stylist Natasha Archer Just Received a Prestigious Honor from the Royal Family," 2 May 2019 Chrissy Teigen was recently named one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2019 by Time magazine—a big honor for our former Woman of the Year. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Chrissy Teigen Has Some Words for Fox News' Laura Ingraham for Criticizing Her Time 100 Inclusion," 18 Apr. 2019 No honor among thieves: Hare testified against Burke, who was hanged in front of a large crowd on January 28, 1829. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Complete History of the Autopsy," 26 Dec. 2018 Amazon also sells rings, necklaces, and medals displaying the Iron Cross, a German military honor which predates the Nazi regime and remains in use by the modern German military, but retains associations with the Nazi era. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Amazon Sold Books, Backpacks, and Toys Promoting Hate to Kids, Report Shows," 7 July 2018 In the latest episode of Houzz's My Houzz series, the supermodel surprises Christie with a secret renovation of her Florida home in honor of National Siblings Day. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Kate Upton Just Secretly Renovated Her Sister's Home," 10 Apr. 2019 In the world of Victoria's Secret, there's no higher honor than being named an Angel. Glamour, "Leomie Anderson Is the Newest Victoria’s Secret Angel," 4 Apr. 2019 The Hammock Gear Burrow 20 is a good option for a top quilt, while ENO’s Vulcan Underquilt earns top honors. Kraig Becker, Popular Mechanics, "How to Set Up Camp," 2 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But one Swiss company called Algordanza has a different idea in mind to honor your late pet's legacy—turn them into a diamond. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Turn Your Pet Into a Diamond After They Pass Away," 1 Apr. 2019 Gaga also honored her and Cooper's special bond in a heartfelt Instagram post the day after the Oscars. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Is Reportedly Having a "Harder Time Letting Go" of A Star Is Born Than Bradley Cooper Is," 7 Mar. 2019 As she was buried at a cemetery near Maynardville, Tenn., Feb. 2, four Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet jets—all piloted by women—flew over to honor her. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Rosemary Mariner, Spurned by Airline Executive, Led Way for Female Pilots in U.S. Navy," 15 Feb. 2019 Border security is a way to effectively honor our responsibility. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The fiery meeting between Trump, Schumer, and Pelosi about the border wall, explained," 11 Dec. 2018 He has been honored by the United Nations Office of Human Rights as a Women’s Human Rights Defender and Planned Parenthood. Tanya Selvaratnam, Glamour, "Why Candice Russell Had No Choice But Take Her Case to the Media," 2 Apr. 2019 Alex Wong/Getty Images Memorial services to honor the life of late Sen. John McCain — who passed away from brain cancer over the weekend — will begin Wednesday and continue for five days in Arizona, Washington, DC, and Maryland. Li Zhou, Vox, "Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Joe Biden are all expected to speak at his memorial services.," 27 Aug. 2018 The small but mighty Museum of African American History honors the life and work of the African American community who lived on the north slope of Beacon Hill in the 19th century and propelled the abolitionist and civil rights movements forward. Elizabeth Wellington, Condé Nast Traveler, "12 Best Museums in Boston You'll Want To Visit," 17 July 2018 In February he was honored with a banner that hangs in the gym at Hartford Public. Staff Report, courant.com, "U.S. Olympic Team, USA Track And Field Honor Lindy Remigino On Social Media," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of honor

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for honor

Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Anglo-French onur, honur, from Latin honos, honor

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honor

noun

English Language Learners Definition of honor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: respect that is given to someone who is admired
: good reputation : good quality or character as judged by other people
: high moral standards of behavior

honor

verb

English Language Learners Definition of honor (Entry 2 of 2)

: to regard or treat (someone) with respect and admiration : to show or give honor to (someone)
: to show admiration for (someone or something) in a public way : to give a public honor to (someone or something)
: to do what is required by (something, such as a promise or a contract)

honor

noun
hon·​or | \ ˈä-nər How to pronounce honor (audio) \

Kids Definition of honor

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : good character as judged by other people : reputation
2 : outward respect : recognition The dinner is in honor of the new coach.
3 : privilege sense 1 You will have the honor of leading the parade.
4 used especially as a title for an official of high rank Please welcome His Honor, the mayor.
5 : a person whose character and accomplishments bring respect or fame You are an honor to your profession.
6 : evidence or a symbol of great respect She's won many national honors.
7 : high moral standards of behavior He's a man of honor.

honor

verb
honored; honoring

Kids Definition of honor (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : respect entry 2 sense 1 Honor your parents.
2 : to recognize and show admiration for publicly He was honored at a special ceremony.
3 : to live up to or fulfill the requirements of She didn't honor her promise.
hon·​or
honored; honoring

Legal Definition of honor

1 : to accept and pay the bank honored the check
2 : to purchase or discount (a draft) in compliance with a letter of credit

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