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 honor (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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Verb

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for honor

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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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

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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 Flanders Crossing bridge was renamed Thursday morning in honor of the beloved ‘Simpsons’ character Ned Flanders, known best for his piousness, luscious mustache and unflaggingly positive attitude. oregonlive, 9 Sep. 2021 In honor of the Browns’ 75th anniversary, Scott created a crossword puzzle. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 9 Sep. 2021 O'Malley's visit to the Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology followed a Wednesday evening Mass in honor of Cuba's patron saint, the Virgin of Charity. BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2021 With that in mind — and in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs Sept. Los Angeles Times, 9 Sep. 2021 The prairie walk, in honor of Girl Scouts Love State Parks Weekend, is a great way to reacquaint yourself with the north side nature area. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2021 Michael's family previously shared an update on his condition in honor of his 50th birthday in 2019. Greta Bjornson, PEOPLE.com, 8 Sep. 2021 Named in honor of Sir Richard Branson’s late mother, the first plane in the new A350 leisure fleet, Fearless Lady, is scheduled to take off in December 2021. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 8 Sep. 2021 In honor of the shows 25th anniversary, Burns talks about his decision to abruptly depart the show in 2002, which left many viewers upset. Lisa Respers France, CNN, 8 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The event aims to lift-up and honor those in our communities who interact with the world uniquely and are valued and loved by many. courant.com, 10 Sep. 2021 But on Friday night, the school opened the stadium to the community to honor those lost during the attacks and celebrate being an American. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 10 Sep. 2021 To honor those the district lost, Hernandez-Mats helped coordinate a pop-up vaccination site for Miami-Dade employees Tuesday. Elizabeth Stuart, CNN, 7 Sep. 2021 The event will take place at 12 p.m. Sept. 7 to remember those who have died and honor those who are currently afflicted with the virus. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 6 Sep. 2021 At Saturday's ceremony to honor those who had missed the trip, Marines brass thanked the men for their contributions. Jim Schaefer, Detroit Free Press, 17 Aug. 2021 Records indicate that his parents are members of the Sir Harold Acton Society, a group created in 1995 to honor those who have given at least $1 million to NYU. Daniel Bice, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 13 Aug. 2021 The aircraft is one of those used for the dignified transfer of remains, conducted upon arrival at Dover Air Force Base to honor those who have died while serving in a military theater of operations. Arkansas Online, 24 July 2021 According to the National Parks Service, the memorial was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812 and to celebrate long-lasting peace. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 23 July 2021

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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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The first known use of honor was in the 13th century

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“Honor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honor. Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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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.

honor

transitive verb
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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