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 officeif 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
(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

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 General Suleimani had received the country’s highest military honor, the Order of Zolfaghar, established in 1856 under the Qajar dynasty. Tim Arango, New York Times, "Qassim Suleimani, Master of Iran’s Intrigue, Built a Shiite Axis of Power in Mideast," 3 Jan. 2020 That tradition has continued in honor of Will’s late father, who was also a big fan of the festivities. Los Angeles Times, "Rose Parade 2020: Skies were blue, spirits high as parade worked to broaden outreach," 1 Jan. 2020 In something of an ignominious honor, the Warriors’ Damion Lee and Ky Bowman have accounted for a league-most 483 points by two-way players. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich, Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr taking different approaches amid tough seasons," 30 Dec. 2019 Gymnast Simone Biles, the 2019 AP Female Athlete of the Year, finished second to Williams in voting for the decade honor, followed by swimmer Katie Ledecky. Arkansas Online, "Serena Williams named AP Female Athlete of the Decade," 29 Dec. 2019 Each family member took turns to stir the puddings using wooden spoons, with tradition promising good luck to those that stir from east to west in honor of the Wise Men. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George Makes Christmas Puddings with Prince William, Prince Charles, and the Queen," 21 Dec. 2019 Scandinavian series exploring crime, family drama and terrorism, both foreign and domestic, are among the nominees for the Nordic Drama series outstanding writing honor, one of Scandinavia's top TV awards. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Dramas 'Caliphate', 'July 22' Among Nordic TV Drama Screenplay Nominees," 17 Dec. 2019 The yellow ribbon and badge, on the other hand, is a Royal Family Order—a separate honor, which Kate received last year. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Wore Her Royal Family Order and Royal Victorian Order Sash to the Diplomatic Reception," 11 Dec. 2019 Rapinoe is only the fourth woman to receive the honor, which Sports Illustrated has been awarding since 1954. Pardeep Cattry, Pro Soccer USA, "Megan Rapinoe named Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year," 10 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Those photos showed flowerpots placed on the mid-block crossing to honor Fallon Smart, the 15-year-old Franklin High School student who was killed by a Saudi national, completely knocked over. oregonlive, "Memorial honoring Portland teen killed by Saudi student damaged, pedestrian sign knocked over," 5 Jan. 2020 But quite a number of churches do observe the ancient feast of Epiphany on Jan. 6, a holiday associated in western churches with the coming of the magi to honor the infant Jesus. al, "When should I take my Christmas tree down?," 4 Jan. 2020 The sign can change colors with the touch of a button and has come to help signify big events and be used to honor people and events. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati.com, "What's wrong with the 'C' in the Cincinnati convention center sign?," 3 Jan. 2020 Another approach is to honor athletes for pioneering impact, rather than on-field success. Hayes Gardner, The Courier-Journal, "Sports statues transcend athletics. So what are Lamar Jackson's chances of getting one?," 2 Jan. 2020 The Pelicans had a moment of silence Saturday night to honor McCord before their game against the Indiana Pacers. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Husband of sports reporter who died in plane crash agonizes over missing wife's text," 31 Dec. 2019 Patrick O’Rourke, attorney for the board of regents, asked the Independent to honor the confidentiality pledge made to applicants vying for the university presidency, the Independent said. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "Leaked list sheds light on University of Colorado’s presidential finalists," 31 Dec. 2019 Immunize Nevada scheduled two fundraising breakfasts in December to honor health care employees who help with vaccinations. Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Events promoting vaccination called off in Nevada after harassing comments were posted on social media," 30 Dec. 2019 Einstein continued to honor his hero by eating his special fig cookies every day, as an after-school snack. Hart Pomerantz, The New Yorker, "Einstein: The Untold Story," 30 Dec. 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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The first known use of honor was in the 13th century

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Cite this Entry

“Honor.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/honoring?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=h&file=honor002. Accessed 19 January 2020.

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honor

noun
How to pronounce honor (audio)

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
How to pronounce honor (audio)

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 rankPlease 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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