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

In honor of national animal adoption promotion Clear the Shelters Day on Saturday, Aug. 17, and animal control’s 30th anniversary, the agency is offering special adoption pricing of $30 for cats and dogs and two-for-one $30 kittens. Sarah Feldberg, SFChronicle.com, "@OfficerEdith is the patron saint of San Francisco animals," 16 Aug. 2019 Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf released a limited edition Central Perk coffee in honor of the show’s 25th anniversary last month. Christina Butan, PEOPLE.com, "The Friends Limited Edition Central Perk Coffee is Officially Available on Amazon," 16 Aug. 2019 The Lane Tech Alumni Association has named a scholarship in honor of Sincere Ash, a senior at the college prep school who went missing from Lollapalooza in 2018. Jessi Roti, chicagotribune.com, "Memorial scholarship named for Lane Tech student who went missing from Lollapalooza in 2018," 16 Aug. 2019 The event is named in honor of Falmouth runner Tommy Cochary, who was killed by a drunk driver in 1990. Jenna Ciccotelli, BostonGlobe.com, "State’s best lined up for Tommy Cochary High School Mile in Falmouth," 16 Aug. 2019 In May, Los Angeles renamed a stretch of Rodeo Road in honor of the 44th president, and the creator of the MoveOn.org petition hopes New York will follow. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "More than 200,000 people sign petition to rename Trump Tower's street after Barack Obama," 14 Aug. 2019 Not surprisingly, passionate admirers of America’s most popular and preeminent celebrity chef want to paint their kitchens in honor of their culinary hero. Paula Johnson, Smithsonian, "Remembering Julia Child," 13 Aug. 2019 Nearly 100 people gathered in honor of Jill Bacorn’s retirement as the director of The Little People’s Learning Center at the Ramona United Methodist Church. Ramona Sentinel, "Preschool stages ‘Retirement is Paradise’ party for Jill Bacorn," 12 Aug. 2019 The robust 1969 musical, with Barbra Streisand playing the indomitable (and quite tuneful) 1890s New York City matchmaker Dolly Levi, comes back to theaters in honor of its 50th anniversary. Chris Kaltenbach, baltimoresun.com, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: Hot August Music Festival, Vegan Restaurant Week and more," 11 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Yesterday would have marked Child's 107th birthday, and as The Kitchn pointed out, fans can honor her legacy by traveling to the Smithsonian's FOOD: Transforming the American Table 1950–2000 exhibit. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Celebrate Julia Child's 107th Birthday with a Trip to Her Kitchen," 16 Aug. 2019 Though not mutually exclusive, the Bermuda short and bucket hat trends honor each other. Carla Guler, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 8 Fall Trends to Shop Now," 14 Aug. 2019 Saying no to a new commitment honors your existing commitments and gives you the opportunity to successfully fulfill them. Dr. Travis Bradberry, Quartz at Work, "Nine skills you should learn that pay off forever," 13 Aug. 2019 Soon after, he was honored by the New Jersey governor with a teaching excellence award and given $1,000 to use in his classroom. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Boy Scouts lawsuit: Parents trust teachers and counselors. But should they?," 8 Aug. 2019 Ginger Graham’s project honors the city’s agricultural roots and maintains the structure’s historic charm, preserving the Linden Street façade, shoring up the iconic grain elevator and restoring architectural details. Stacey Mckenna, The Know, "10 bars, restaurants and art spaces that give new life to historic buildings," 8 Aug. 2019 In a first obtained by the Salt Lake Tribune, Huntsman said he was honored by the trust Trump placed in him ‘‘during this historically difficult period in bilateral relations’’ that has included expulsions and forced departures of his staff. Lindsay Whitehurst, BostonGlobe.com, "US-Russia ambassador Jon Huntsman stepping down," 6 Aug. 2019 The dogs were so beloved, they were even honored in the school yearbook. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Specially trained dogs travel to El Paso to comfort first responders and medical staff after mass shooting," 5 Aug. 2019 Apple is honoring the tax-free holiday in select states. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know to Shop Your State's Tax-Free Weekend 2019," 31 July 2019

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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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