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 honor (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

Other Words from honor

Verb

honoree \ ˌä-​nə-​ˈrē How to pronounce honor (audio) \ noun
honorer \ ˈä-​nər-​ər How to pronounce honor (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Fischer was seen parking in various activities around the city Saturday, including the Race For Justice in honor of Breonna Taylor. Ana Rocío Álvarez Bríñez, The Courier-Journal, 19 June 2022 Though Knoxville typically keeps his personal life private, the longtime prankster penned a sweet tribute to Nelson in honor of Mother's Day on Instagram in 2021. Olivia Jakiel, PEOPLE.com, 17 June 2022 In honor of the prolific composer and conductor, on June 23, the National Symphony Orchestra will throw a grand 90th birthday bash. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 17 June 2022 Several portraits of Princess Ingrid were release in honor of the occasion. Emily Burack, Town & Country, 17 June 2022 Maison Mazerea, a new luxury diamond brand, has dedicated a unique one-of-a-kind fancy colored diamond in honor of Princess Grace of Monaco. Anthony Demarco, Forbes, 17 June 2022 On Saturday, a unity car parade in honor of Juneteenth will be held by Community Advocacy Awareness Network, CAAN, starting at 3:30 p.m. Megan Jones, Chicago Tribune, 16 June 2022 In honor of the movie's 35th anniversary, the show is touring across the U.S. and Canada. Emma Stein, Detroit Free Press, 16 June 2022 Boot retailer Merrell is hosting the hotline in honor of Great Outdoors Month, a designation the U.S. Senate made in 2019. Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times, 16 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Official Citywide Juneteenth Celebration in Anchorage will honor the extraordinary contributions of Black leaders today across media, health care, politics and the arts. Naomi Stock, Anchorage Daily News, 16 June 2022 The pageant will honor reigning titleholder Tatiyanna Voche’, who will step down at the end of the night. Laura Latzko, The Arizona Republic, 15 June 2022 Children can honor the holiday at Robinwood Park in Troy from 2-3 p.m. June 18. Layla Mcmurtrie, Detroit Free Press, 14 June 2022 The Travelers' Choice Awards also honor top food experiences; nature and outdoor activities; cultural and historical tours and more. Forrest Brown, CNN, 14 June 2022 On Tuesday, the Banff World Media Festival will honor late filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée posthumously with its Canadian Award of Distinction. Michael Schneider, Variety, 13 June 2022 Both educational and artistic, the monument will honor Tubman’s legacy through a variety of mediums, including audio. Carly Olson, ELLE Decor, 13 June 2022 Tonight, the 75th annual Tony Awards will honor Broadway’s finest in New York City. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 12 June 2022 During their time on stage, Samuel, 73, even took a moment to honor wife LaTanya, 72, for directing him in the upcoming Broadway revival of August Wilson's The Piano Lesson. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 12 June 2022 See More

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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
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.

honor

transitive verb
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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