time-hon·​ored ˈtīm-ˌä-nərd How to pronounce time-honored (audio)
: honored because of age or long usage
time-honored traditions

Examples of time-honored in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maneuvering to face the candidate believed to be easiest to defeat in the general election is a time-honored, if disputed, campaign tactic. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 14 Feb. 2024 President Biden pardoned two lucky turkeys Monday to mark the 76th anniversary of the National Thanksgiving Turkey Ceremony, one of the time-honored, albeit quirky, White House traditions. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, 20 Nov. 2023 Two of the most popular and time-honored tabletop games got the crossover treatment this summer with the release of Monopoly Scrabble. Eric Lagatta, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2023 Competitions like these are one of the most foundational and time-honored traditions in hip-hop, a culture celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Ben Barzilai Christopher Lee, New York Times, 14 June 2023 Use Next and Previous buttons to navigate The 90-year-old maker of one San Francisco’s most beloved and time-honored desserts is retiring, but his delicate cheesecakes will continue on under new ownership. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1596, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of time-honored was circa 1596

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“Time-honored.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/time-honored. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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: being in use for a long time
time-honored traditions

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