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1. High respect, as that shown for special merit; recognition or esteem: the honor shown to a Nobel laureate; the place of honor at the table.
a. Great privilege: I have the honor of presenting the governor.
b. Good name; reputation: I must defend my honor.
c. A source or cause of credit: was an honor to the profession.
3. A mark, token, or gesture of respect or distinction, such as a military decoration.
4. honors
a. Public acts or ceremonies showing respect: was buried with full honors.
b. Special recognition for unusual academic achievement: graduated with honors.
c. A program of advanced study for exceptional students: planned to take honors in history.
d. Social courtesies offered to guests: did the honors at tea.
5. High rank: assumed the honor of kingship.
6. Honor Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for certain officials, such as judges and the mayors of certain cities: Her Honor, Judge Jones.
a. A sense of principled uprightness of character; personal integrity: conducted herself with honor; saw the challenge as a matter of honor.
b. A code of integrity, dignity, and pride, chiefly among men, that was maintained in some societies, as in feudal Europe, by force of arms.
c. A woman's chastity or reputation for chastity.
8. Sports The right of being first at the tee in golf.
9. Games
a. Any of the four or five highest cards, especially the ace, king, queen, jack, and ten of the trump suit, in card games such as bridge or whist.
b. often honors The points allotted to these cards.
tr.v. hon·ored, hon·or·ing, hon·ors
a. To hold in respect; esteem: a researcher who is highly honored for her work.
b. To show respect for: honored the volunteers with a party.
c. To confer distinction on: He has honored us with his presence.
d. To bow to (another dancer) in square dancing: Honor your partner.
2. To accept or pay as valid: honor a check; a store that honors all credit cards.
honor bound
Under an obligation enforced by the personal integrity of the one obliged: I was honor bound to admit that she had done the work.
on (one's) honor
Under an obligation enforced by the personal integrity of the one obliged.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin.]

hon′or·er n.
Synonyms: honor, homage, reverence, veneration, deference
These nouns denote admiration, respect, or esteem accorded to another as a right or as due. Honor is the most general term: A stamp was issued in honor of her achievements. The ritual was intended to show honor to one's ancestors. Homage is often in the form of a ceremonial tribute that conveys allegiance: "There is no country in which so absolute a homage is paid to wealth" (Ralph Waldo Emerson).
Reverence is a feeling of deep respect and devotion: "Kill reverence and you've killed the hero in man" (Ayn Rand).
Veneration is both the feeling and the reverential expression of respect, love, and awe: "The account of Turner's Rebellion that followed left no doubt that the authors considered the rebel leader a hero and martyr, worthy of veneration" (Scot French).
Deference is courteous, respectful regard for another that often implies yielding to him or her: The children were taught to show deference to their elders.


n, vb
the US spelling of honour


(ˈɒn ər)
1. honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions: a code of honor.
2. a source of credit or distinction: to be an honor to one's country.
3. high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank: to be held in great honor.
4. such respect manifested: a memorial in honor of the dead; the place of honor at the table.
5. high public esteem; fame; glory: to earn a position of honor.
6. the privilege of being associated with or receiving a favor from a respected person, group, etc.: the honor of serving on a panel; I have the honor of introducing this evening's speaker.
7. Usu., honors. evidence, as a special ceremony, decoration, scroll, or title, of high rank or distinction: military honors.
8. (cap.) a deferential title of respect, esp. for judges and mayors (prec. by His, Her, Your, etc.).
9. honors,
a. special rank or distinction conferred by a university, college, or school upon an outstanding student.
b. a class or course for advanced students, usu. involving accelerated or independent work.
c. (in Canada) a program of study at a university beyond the general course, for specialization in a particular subject.
10. chastity or purity in a woman.
11. Also called hon′or card`. (in bridge) any of the five highest trump cards or any of the four aces in a no-trump contract.
12. the privilege of teeing off in golf before the other player or side, given after the first hole to the player or side that won the previous hole.
13. to hold in honor or high respect; revere: to honor one's ancestors.
14. to treat with honor.
15. to confer honor or distinction upon.
16. to show a courteous regard for: to honor an invitation.
17. to accept or pay (a credit card, check, etc.).
18. to accept as valid and conform to the request or demands of (an official document): to honor a treaty.
19. (in square dancing) to meet or salute with a bow.
20. of, pertaining to, or noting honor.
do the honors, to act as host, as in serving at the dinner table.
[1150–1200; (n.) Middle English (h)on(o)ur < Anglo-French (Old French (h)onor, onur) < Latin honor, earlier honōs; (v.) Middle English < Anglo-French (h)on(o)urer < Latin honōrāre, derivative of honor]
hon′or•er, n.
syn: honor, honesty, integrity, sincerity refer to the highest moral principles. honor denotes a fine sense of, and a strict conformity to, what is considered morally right or due: The soldier conducted himself with honor. honesty denotes moral virtue and particularly the absence of deceit or fraud: known for her honesty in business dealings. integrity indicates a soundness of moral principle that no power or influence can impair: a judge of unquestioned integrity. sincerity particularly implies the absence of dissimulation or deceit and a strong adherence to the truth: Your sincerity was evident in every word.


Past participle: honored
Gerund: honoring

I honor
you honor
he/she/it honors
we honor
you honor
they honor
I honored
you honored
he/she/it honored
we honored
you honored
they honored
Present Continuous
I am honoring
you are honoring
he/she/it is honoring
we are honoring
you are honoring
they are honoring
Present Perfect
I have honored
you have honored
he/she/it has honored
we have honored
you have honored
they have honored
Past Continuous
I was honoring
you were honoring
he/she/it was honoring
we were honoring
you were honoring
they were honoring
Past Perfect
I had honored
you had honored
he/she/it had honored
we had honored
you had honored
they had honored
I will honor
you will honor
he/she/it will honor
we will honor
you will honor
they will honor
Future Perfect
I will have honored
you will have honored
he/she/it will have honored
we will have honored
you will have honored
they will have honored
Future Continuous
I will be honoring
you will be honoring
he/she/it will be honoring
we will be honoring
you will be honoring
they will be honoring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been honoring
you have been honoring
he/she/it has been honoring
we have been honoring
you have been honoring
they have been honoring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been honoring
you will have been honoring
he/she/it will have been honoring
we will have been honoring
you will have been honoring
they will have been honoring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been honoring
you had been honoring
he/she/it had been honoring
we had been honoring
you had been honoring
they had been honoring
I would honor
you would honor
he/she/it would honor
we would honor
you would honor
they would honor
Past Conditional
I would have honored
you would have honored
he/she/it would have honored
we would have honored
you would have honored
they would have honored
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.honor - a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinctionhonor - a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction; "an award for bravery"
trophy, prize - something given as a token of victory
aliyah - (Judaism) the honor of being called up to the reading desk in the synagogue to read from the Torah; "he was called on for an aliyah"
academic degree, degree - an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study; "he earned his degree at Princeton summa cum laude"
pennant, crown - the award given to the champion
cachet, seal of approval, seal - an indication of approved or superior status
citation, commendation - an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement
honorable mention, mention - an official recognition of merit; "although he didn't win the prize he did get special mention"
varsity letter, letter - an award earned by participation in a school sport; "he won letters in three sports"
laurel wreath, medal, decoration, ribbon, medallion, palm - an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
trophy - an award for success in war or hunting
symbol - an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
Emmy - an annual award by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievements in television
Nobel prize - an annual award for outstanding contributions to chemistry or physics or physiology and medicine or literature or economics or peace
Academy Award, Oscar - an annual award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for achievements in motion picture production and performance
Prix de Rome - an annual prize awarded by the French government in a competition of painters and artists and sculptors and musicians and architects; the winner in each category receives support for a period of study in Rome
Prix Goncourt - an award given annually for contributions to French literature
2.honor - the state of being honored
standing - social or financial or professional status or reputation; "of equal standing"; "a member in good standing"
glorification, glory - a state of high honor; "he valued glory above life itself"
fame, renown, celebrity - the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed
esteem, respect, regard - the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded); "it is held in esteem"; "a man who has earned high regard"
reputation, repute - the state of being held in high esteem and honor
dishonor, dishonour - a state of shame or disgrace; "he was resigned to a life of dishonor"
3.honor - the quality of being honorable and having a good name; "a man of honor"
righteousness - adhering to moral principles
dishonor, dishonour - lacking honor or integrity
4.honor - a woman's virtue or chastity
sexual morality, chastity, virtue - morality with respect to sexual relations
Verb1.honor - bestow honor or rewards upon; "Today we honor our soldiers"; "The scout was rewarded for courageous action"
salute, toast, wassail, drink, pledge - propose a toast to; "Let us toast the birthday girl!"; "Let's drink to the New Year"
recognise, recognize - show approval or appreciation of; "My work is not recognized by anybody!"; "The best student was recognized by the Dean"
dignify, ennoble - confer dignity or honor upon; "He was dignified with a title"
decorate - award a mark of honor, such as a medal, to; "He was decorated for his services in the military"
attaint, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, shame - bring shame or dishonor upon; "he dishonored his family by committing a serious crime"
2.honor - show respect towardshonor - show respect towards; "honor your parents!"
accept - consider or hold as true; "I cannot accept the dogma of this church"; "accept an argument"
lionise, lionize, celebrate - assign great social importance to; "The film director was celebrated all over Hollywood"; "The tenor was lionized in Vienna"
tolerate - recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others); "We must tolerate the religions of others"
3.honor - accept as pay; "we honor checks and drafts"
accept, take, have - receive willingly something given or offered; "The only girl who would have him was the miller's daughter"; "I won't have this dog in my house!"; "Please accept my present"
dishonor, dishonour - refuse to accept; "dishonor checks and drafts"


1. Great respect or high public esteem accorded as a right or as due:
2. A feeling of deference, approval, and liking:
3. A person's high standing among others:
4. Recognition of achievement or superiority or a sign of this:
accolade, distinction, kudos, laurel (often used in plural).
5. The quality of being honest:
1. To have a high opinion of:
Idioms: look up to, think highly of.
3. To cause to be eminent or recognized:
4. To lend dignity or honor to by an act or favor:
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(American) honor (ˈonə) noun
1. respect for truth, honesty etc. a man of honour.
2. (the keeping or increasing of) a person's, country's etc good reputation. We must fight for the honour of our country.
3. fame; glory. He won honour on the field of battle.
4. respect. This ceremony is being held in honour of those who died in the war.
5. something which a person feels to be a reason for pride etc. It is a great honour to be asked to address this meeting.
6. a title, degree etc given to a person as a mark of respect for his services, work, ability etc. He has received many honours for his research into cancer.
7. (with capital. with His, ~Your etc) a title of respect used when talking to or about judges, mayors etc: My client wishes to plead guilty, Your Honour.
1. to show great respect to (a person, thing etc). We should honour the Queen.
2. to do, say etc something which is a reason for pride, satisfaction etc to. Will you honour us with your presence at the meeting?
3. to give (someone) a title, degree etc as a mark of respect for his ability etc. He was honoured for his work with the mentally handicapped.
4. to fulfil (a promise etc). We'll honour our agreement.
ˈhonorary adjective
1. (often abbreviated to Hon. in writing) (of an official position) not having any payment. the Honorary Secretary of the Darts Association.
2. given to a person as a mark of respect for his ability etc. an honorary degree.
ˈhonourable adjective
having, showing, bringing or deserving honour. an honourable man.
ˈhonours noun plural
1. (sometimes with capital. sometimes abbreviated to Hons when written) a degree awarded by universities, colleges etc to students who achieve good results in their final degree examinations, or who carry out specialized study or research; the course of study leading to the awarding of such a degree: He got First Class Honours in French; (also adjective) an honours degree, (American) an honors course.
2. ceremony, when given as a mark of respect. The dead soldiers were buried with full military honours.
(in) honour/honor bound
forced (to do something) not by law, but because one knows it is right. I said I would go if he sent for me, and I feel honour bound to do as I promised.
on one's honour
an expression used to emphasize the truth and solemnity of something which is said. Do you swear, on your honour, never to reveal what you see here?
word of honour
a promise which cannot be broken without loss of honour. I give you my word of honour that I'll do it.

honour, noun, ends in -our.
honorary, adjective, drops the u.
honourable, adjective, keeps the u.


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cried Jo, prancing about while Meg went to conduct Mother to the seat of honor.
Monsieur and Madame Ratignolle made much of the Colonel, installing him as the guest of honor and engaging him at once to dine with them the following Sunday, or any day which he might select.
The less zealous English thought they conferred a sufficient honor on its unsullied fountains, when they bestowed the name of their reigning prince, the second of the house of Hanover.
He assured his honor that he must have more time to prepare his case.
A pair of large, jingling silver spurs and a stiff sombrero, borrowed with the mustang from some mysterious source, were donned to do honor to the occasion.
The founder of this stately mansion--a gentleman noted for the square and ponderous courtesy of his demeanor, ought surely to have stood in his own hall, and to have offered the first welcome to so many eminent personages as here presented themselves in honor of his solemn festival.
As to the books and furniture of the schoolhouse, they belonged to the community, excepting Cotton Mather's History of Witchcraft, a New England Almanac, and book of dreams and fortune-telling; in which last was a sheet of foolscap much scribbled and blotted in several fruitless attempts to make a copy of verses in honor of the heiress of Van Tassel.
It touches one's sense of honor, particularly if you come of an old established family in the land, the van Rensselaers, or Randolphs, or Hardicanutes.
It was pitiful for a person born in a whole- some free atmosphere to listen to their humble and hearty outpourings of loyalty toward their king and Church and nobility; as if they had any more occasion to love and honor king and Church and noble than a slave has to love and honor the lash, or a dog has to love and honor the stranger that kicks him
His honor, the admiral, likes a parlor-maid with a clean run fore and aft.
Then Little John, or Reynold Greenleaf, I like you well, on my honor as Much the miller's son; and you too, bold Robin Hood.
I have no seconds on my part, monsieur," said D'Artagnan; "for having only arrived yesterday in Paris, I as yet know no one but Monsieur de Treville, to whom I was recommended by my father, who has the honor to be, in some degree, one of his friends.