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

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a contribution be made in honor of Angela to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, Wallingford, CT 06492. courant.com, "Angela Eisenberg," 17 Sep. 2019 As Frances Perraudin of the Guardian reports, the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon, who currently own Highclere, are opening up their 300-room home for just one night in honor of the new movie. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Live Like Lady Mary Crawley with a One-Night Stay at Downton Abbey," 17 Sep. 2019 In honor of Teen Vogue’s new special issue with Greta on the cover, here’s a roundup of seven of our favorite quotes from her work. 1. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "7 Inspiring Greta Thunberg Quotes Perfect for Your Climate Strike Protest Sign," 16 Sep. 2019 The Green Bay Packers remembered one of their greatest players on Sunday with a halftime ceremony during their 21-16 victory over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, wrapping up a weekend of activities in honor of Bart Starr. Mark Inabinett | Minabinett@al.com, al, "Green Bay Packers dedicate 2019 NFL season to Bart Starr," 15 Sep. 2019 In honor of Prince Harry's 35th birthday, Meghan took over the couple's @sussexroyal Instagram account. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Just Shared a Never-Before-Seen Photo of Baby Archie on Instagram," 15 Sep. 2019 The course is going up in honor of National Miniature Golf Day. Trevor Fraser, orlandosentinel.com, "Free family event: Miniature Golf Day in Winter Garden," 14 Sep. 2019 In honor of their 1993 album, the hip-hop collective has been playing the record in its entirety for crowds. Taylor Mims, Billboard, "KAABOO Music Festival Day One Highlights: Maren Morris Gets Personal, Boyz II Men Get Nostalgic and More," 14 Sep. 2019 So in honor of Lost‘s 15th anniversary on Sept. 22, here are 11 other shows that have tried (and failed) to be the next Lost. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, "Netflix's The I-Land tries (and fails) to be the next Lost — just like these 11 other shows," 14 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

There are posters and photos honoring the long struggle for justice. Kenneth E. Hartman, Harper's magazine, "Life after Life," 16 Sep. 2019 After a nearly perfect final season, voters will want to honor it one last time. Kristen Baldwin, EW.com, "Emmys 2019: Who will and should win," 13 Sep. 2019 The episode at the IFC mall was the first face-to-face showdown between the two anthems since the song honoring Hong Kong surfaced last month. Vivienne Chow, Quartz, "Singing showdowns in Hong Kong pit the city’s unofficial new anthem against China’s," 12 Sep. 2019 His family honored him with a memorial service six months later, in March 2002, after the medical examiner identified his remains, which were found in the lobby debris of the south tower. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Remains of firefighter killed on 9/11 identified 18 years after attacks, honored on eve of anniversary," 11 Sep. 2019 If a transfer were to be approved, the district would honor all requests from families wishing to remain in GUSD. Sara Cardine, La Cañada Valley Sun, "LCUSD ‘ready, willing and able’ to accommodate Sagebrush transfer," 11 Sep. 2019 We are honored to implement this pilot program and hope that other senior centers will be able to learn from it to expand their transportation options for older adults. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Pilot program is offering limited free rides to seniors," 6 Sep. 2019 Dolly Parton: My collection with Kirkland’s is inspired by eight of my most beloved songs, and I was honored to work with David Diskin to bring these pieces to life. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Dolly Parton Just Curated a Wall Art Collection Inspired by Her Music," 5 Sep. 2019 Zinedine Zidane, the Real Madrid manager and one of the greatest soccer players of all time, is being honored by appearing on the cover of the Ultimate Edition of the game. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "FIFA 20 is headed to the field on Sept. 27; you can preorder it right now," 4 Sep. 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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