honorific

adjective hon·or·if·ic \ ˌä-nə-ˈri-fik \
Updated on: 8 Apr 2018

Definition of honorific

1 : conferring or conveying honor
  • honorific titles
2 : belonging to or constituting a class of grammatical forms used in speaking to or about a social superior

honorific

noun

honorifically

play \ˌä-nə-ˈri-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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First Known Use of honorific

1650

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Definition of honorific for English Language Learners

  • : giving or expressing honor or respect


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