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hon·our

 (ŏn′ər)
n. & v. Chiefly British
Variant of honor.

honour

(ˈɒnə) or

honor

n
1. personal integrity; allegiance to moral principles
2.
a. fame or glory
b. a person or thing that wins this for another: he is an honour to the school.
3. (often plural) great respect, regard, esteem, etc, or an outward sign of this
4. (often plural) high or noble rank
5. a privilege or pleasure: it is an honour to serve you.
6. a woman's virtue or chastity
7. (Bridge) bridge poker any of the top five cards in a suit or any of the four aces at no trumps
8. (Card Games) bridge poker any of the top five cards in a suit or any of the four aces at no trumps
9. (Golf) golf the right to tee off first
10. do honour to
a. to pay homage to
b. to be a credit to
11. do the honours
a. to serve as host or hostess
b. to perform a social act, such as carving meat, proposing a toast, etc
12. honour bright school slang Brit an exclamation pledging honour
13. in honour bound under a moral obligation
14. in honour of out of respect for
15. on one's honour upon one's honour on the pledge of one's word or good name
vb (tr)
16. to hold in respect or esteem
17. to show courteous behaviour towards
18. to worship
19. to confer a distinction upon
20. (Banking & Finance) to accept and then pay when due (a cheque, draft, etc)
21. to keep (one's promise); fulfil (a previous agreement)
22. (Dancing) to bow or curtsy to (one's dancing partner)
[C12: from Old French onor, from Latin honor esteem]
ˈhonourer, ˈhonorer n
ˈhonourless, ˈhonorless adj

Honour

(ˈɒnə)
n
(Law)
a. a title used to or of certain judges
b. (in Ireland) a form of address in general use

hon•our

(ˈɒn ər)

n., v.t. -oured, -our•ing,
adj.
Chiefly Brit. honor.

honour


Past participle: honoured
Gerund: honouring

Imperative
honour
honour
Present
I honour
you honour
he/she/it honours
we honour
you honour
they honour
Preterite
I honoured
you honoured
he/she/it honoured
we honoured
you honoured
they honoured
Present Continuous
I am honouring
you are honouring
he/she/it is honouring
we are honouring
you are honouring
they are honouring
Present Perfect
I have honoured
you have honoured
he/she/it has honoured
we have honoured
you have honoured
they have honoured
Past Continuous
I was honouring
you were honouring
he/she/it was honouring
we were honouring
you were honouring
they were honouring
Past Perfect
I had honoured
you had honoured
he/she/it had honoured
we had honoured
you had honoured
they had honoured
Future
I will honour
you will honour
he/she/it will honour
we will honour
you will honour
they will honour
Future Perfect
I will have honoured
you will have honoured
he/she/it will have honoured
we will have honoured
you will have honoured
they will have honoured
Future Continuous
I will be honouring
you will be honouring
he/she/it will be honouring
we will be honouring
you will be honouring
they will be honouring
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been honouring
you have been honouring
he/she/it has been honouring
we have been honouring
you have been honouring
they have been honouring
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been honouring
you will have been honouring
he/she/it will have been honouring
we will have been honouring
you will have been honouring
they will have been honouring
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been honouring
you had been honouring
he/she/it had been honouring
we had been honouring
you had been honouring
they had been honouring
Conditional
I would honour
you would honour
he/she/it would honour
we would honour
you would honour
they would honour
Past Conditional
I would have honoured
you would have honoured
he/she/it would have honoured
we would have honoured
you would have honoured
they would have honoured
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.honour - 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
2.honour - a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinctionhonour - 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
3.honour - the quality of being honorable and having a good name; "a man of honor"
righteousness - adhering to moral principles
4.honour - a woman's virtue or chastity
sexual morality, chastity, virtue - morality with respect to sexual relations
Verb1.honour - 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"
2.honour - show respect towardshonour - 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.honour - 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"

honour

noun
2. prestige, credit, reputation, glory, fame, distinction, esteem, dignity, elevation, eminence, renown, repute, high standing He brought honour and glory to his country.
prestige shame, disgrace, disrepute, disrespect, dishonour, infamy
3. title, award, distinction, accolade, decoration, laurel, adornment He was showered with honours - among them an Oscar in 1950.
4. reputation, standing, prestige, image, status, stature, good name, kudos, cachet Britain's national honour was at stake.
5. acclaim, regard, respect, praise, recognition, compliments, homage, accolades, reverence, deference, adoration, commendation, veneration One grand old English gentleman at least will be received with honour.
acclaim contempt, condemnation, scorn, disfavour
6. privilege, credit, favour, pleasure, compliment, source of pride or satisfaction Five other cities had been competing for the honour of staging the Games.
7. (Old-fashioned) virginity, virtue, innocence, purity, modesty, chastity He had fell designs on her honour.
verb
1. acclaim, celebrate, praise, decorate, compliment, commemorate, dignify, commend, glorify, exalt, laud, lionize Two American surgeons were honoured with the Nobel Prize.
2. respect, value, esteem, prize, appreciate, admire, worship, adore, revere, glorify, reverence, exalt, venerate, hallow Honour your parents, that's what the Bible says.
respect slight, insult, offend, scorn, degrade, dishonour, defame
3. fulfil, keep, carry out, observe, discharge, live up to, be true to, be as good as (informal), be faithful to He had failed to honour his word.
4. pay, take, accept, clear, pass, cash, credit, acknowledge The bank refused to honour his cheque.
pay refuse
Quotations
"Duty, honour! We make these words say whatever we want, the same as we do with parrots" [Alfred Capus Mariage Bourgeois]
"If I lose mine honour,"
"I lose myself" [William Shakespeare Antony and Cleopatra]
"Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honour....which is probably more than she ever did" [Groucho Marx Duck Soup (film)]
"The louder he talked of his honour, the faster we counted our spoons" [Ralph Waldo Emerson The Conduct of Life]
Proverbs
"There is honour among thieves"
Translations
شَرَفشَرَف، فَخْر، مَصْدَر فَخْرشُهْرَه، عَظَمَهكرامَه، سُمْعَهلَقَب شَرَف
čestctihodnostctítdodržetpočest
æreÆrede Dommeræresbevisningbeærehæder
kunniakunnioittaakunnioitus
čast
megtisztelmegtiszteltetéstisztelbecsülbecsület
heiîra, sÿna virîinguheiîra, virîaheiîur, sæmdheiîur, sómiorîstír, sæmd
道義心
명예
diplomas su pagyrimugarbėsgarbės reikalasgarbingasgarbingumas
apbalvojumscieņacienītgodātgods
česťctihodnosťpoctiť
čast
čast
ära
เกียรติยศ
onuronurlandırmakpayerütbeşan
danh dự

honour

honor (US) [ˈɒnəʳ]
A. N
1. (= integrity, good name) → honor m
a man of honourun hombre de honor
to be/feel (in) honour bound to do sthestar/sentirse moralmente obligado a hacer algo
it's a matter of honoures una cuestión de honor
on my honour!¡palabra de honor!
remember, you are on your honour to report any irregularitiesrecuerde, es su deber moral informar de cualquier irregularidad
to put sb on his/her honour to do sthhacer prometer a algn que va a hacer algo
to have a sense of honourtener pundonor
to be an honour to one's professionser un orgullo para su profesión
(there is) honour among thievesentre bueyes no hay cornadas
see also debt, word A5
2. (= distinction, privilege) → honor m
it's a great honour for himes un gran honor para él
I had the honour of meeting himtuve el honor de conocerlo
may I have the honour (of this dance)?¿me concede este baile?
would you do me the honour of having lunch with me?¿me haría el honor de almorzar conmigo?
you do me great honour by acceptingme concede usted un gran honor al aceptar
to bury sb with full military honourssepultar a algn con todos los honores militares
to do the honours (introducing people, serving drinks or food) → hacer los honores
see also guard C
see also guest, lap 2
see also maid, roll A3
3. (= award) (by the state) → condecoración f; (in contest) → galardón m
4. (= homage) → honor m
to do honour to sb, do sb honourrendir honores a algn
in honour of sth/sben honor a algo/algn
he will attend a dinner in his honourasistirá a una cena en su honor
5. (as title)
His Honour Judge Brodrickel señor Juez Brodrick
Your Honour (to judge) → su Señoría, señor Juez (US) (to mayor) → Excelentísimo Señor, su Señoría
6. (o.f.) (= chastity, virginity) → honra f
7. honours (Brit) (Univ)
she got first/second class honours in Frenchterminó la carrera de francés con matrícula de honor/con notable
to take honours in chemistrylicenciarse en químicas
to graduate with honourslicenciarse (con nota)
8. (Bridge) honourshonores mpl
B. VT
1. (= compliment) → honrar
I am honoured by your confidence in mesu confianza en mí me honra
I am deeply honoured to be askedme siento muy honrado de que me lo pidan
I should be honoured ifsería un honor para mí si ...
honoured guestinvitado/a m/f de honor
to honour sb with one's presence (liter or hum) → honrar a algn con su presencia
2. (= respect) → honrar
thou shalt honour thy father and thy motherhonrarás a tu padre y a tu madre
3. (= pay homage to) → rendir homenaje a
4. (= decorate) [the state, authorities] → condecorar; (in contest) → galardonar
5. (= fulfil) [+ agreement, contract, promise] → cumplir, cumplir con
6. (= pay) [+ cheque] → aceptar, pagar; [+ debt] → liquidar, pagar
C. CPD honor guard N (US) → guardia f de honor
honor roll N (US) → cuadro m de honor
honours degree N (Brit) (Univ) → licenciatura f
she has an honours degree in Frenches licenciada en filología francesa
Honours List N (Brit) → lista f de condecoraciones
Birthday Honours List lista de condecoraciones que otorga el monarca el día de su cumpleaños
New Year Honours List lista de condecoraciones que otorga el monarca el día de Año Nuevo DEAN'S LIST, DEGREE
HONOURS LIST
La Honours List es una lista de personas a las que se considera merecedoras de un reconocimiento especial por su labor, tanto en la vida pública como por servicios prestados a la zona en la que viven. Esta lista es elaborada por el Primer Ministro británico con la aprobación del monarca y se publica dos veces al año, la primera en Año Nuevo - la New Year's Honours List - y la segunda en junio, el día del cumpleaños de la reina -la Queen's Birthday Honours List. En la mayoría de los casos a estas personas se les reconoce su mérito con la concesión del título de miembro de la Orden del Imperio Británico, Member of the Order of the British Empire o MBE, u oficial de la Orden del Imperio Británico Officer of the Order of the British Empire u OBE.

honour

[ˈɒnər] (British) honor (US)
vt
(= show respect towards) [+ hero, leader] → honorer
I would be honoured to accept → Je serais honoré d'accepter.
(= respect) [+ commitment, promise, ceasefire] → honorer
n
(= personal integrity) → honneur m
on my honour → sur mon honneur
(= tribute) → honneur m
in honour of → en l'honneur de
it is an honour to do sth → c'est un honneur de faire qch
It is an honour to work with her → C'est un honneur de travailler avec elle.
the honour of doing sth → l'honneur de faire qch
the honour of hosting the Olympic games → l'honneur d'accueillir les Jeux Olympiques
(title) (LAW) your honour → votre honneur
honours npl
to graduate with honours → obtenir sa licence
Bachelor of Science with Honours → Licence en sciences
to do the honours (at social occasion)faire les honneurs

honour

, (US) honor
n
Ehre f; sense of honourEhrgefühl nt; he made it a point of honourer betrachtete es als Ehrensache; he decided to make it a point of honour, never to …er schwor sich (dat), → nie zu …; there is honour among thieveses gibt so etwas wie Ganovenehre; honour where honour is dueEhre, wem Ehre gebührt; on my honour! (old)bei meiner Ehre (old); I promise on my honourich gebe mein Ehrenwort; you’re on your honour not to leaveSie haben Ihr Ehrenwort gegeben, dass Sie bleiben; to put somebody on his honourjdm vertrauen; he’s put me on my honour not to tellich habe ihm mein Ehrenwort gegeben, dass ich nichts sage; man of honourEhrenmann m; to lose one’s honour (old)seine Ehre verlieren (old); to do honour to somebody (at funeral) → jdm die letzte Ehre erweisen; (action, thought etc) → jdm zur Ehre gereichen; to do honour to somethingeiner Sache (dat)Ehre machen; in honour of somebodyzu Ehren von jdm, zu jds Ehren; of dead personin ehrendem Andenken an jdn; in honour of somethingzu Ehren von etw; of past thingin ehrendem Andenken an etw; may I have the honour of accompanying you? (form)ich bitte um die Ehre, Sie begleiten zu dürfen (geh); may I have the honour (of the next dance)? (form)darf ich (um den nächsten Tanz) bitten?; if you would do me the honour of accepting (form)wenn Sie mir die Ehre erweisen würden anzunehmen (geh); to whom do I have the honour of speaking? (form, hum)mit wem habe ich die Ehre? (geh, hum); he is honour bound to do ites ist Ehrensache für ihn, das zu tun
(= title) Your HonourHohes Gericht; His Honourdas Gericht; the case was up before His Honour, Sir Charlesder Fall wurde unter dem Vorsitz des vorsitzenden Richters Sir Charles verhandelt
(= distinction, award) honoursEhren pl, → Auszeichnung(en) f(pl); with full military honoursmit militärischen Ehren; New Year’s HonourTitelverleihung fam Neujahrstag
to do the honours (inf)die Honneurs machen; (on private occasions) → den Gastgeber spielen
(Univ) honours (also honours degree) akademischer Grad mit Prüfung im Spezialfach; to do or take honours in EnglishEnglisch belegen, um den „Honours Degree“ zu erwerben; to get first-class honoursdas Examen mit Auszeichnung or „sehr gutbestehen
(Golf) it’s his honourer hat die Ehre
(Cards) eine der (beim Bridge) 5 bzw. (beim Whist) 4 höchsten Karten einer Farbe the honoursdie Honneurs pl
vt
personehren; to honour somebody with a titlejdm einen Titel verleihen; I would be honouredes wäre mir eine Ehre; I should be (deeply) honoured if you …ich würde mich (zutiefst) geehrt fühlen, wenn Sie …; we are honoured by your visit (also iro)wir fühlen uns durch Ihren Besuch geehrt; he honoured us with his presence (also iro)er beehrte uns mit seiner Gegenwart; it’s Angelika, we ARE honoured (iro)es ist Angelika, welche Ehre; would you honour me by dining with me tonight?würden Sie mir die Ehre erweisen, heute Abend mit mir zu speisen? (geh)
chequeannehmen, einlösen; debtbegleichen; bill of exchangerespektieren; obligationnachkommen (+dat); commitmentstehen zu; credit cardanerkennen; pledge, promisehalten, einlösen; agreement, contractsich halten an (+acc), → erfüllen

honour

honor (Am) [ˈɒnəʳ]
1. n
a. (gen) → onore m; (esteem, respect) → stima, rispetto
in honour of → in onore di
on my honour! → sul mio onore!
to be on one's honour to do sth → aver dato la propria parola (d'onore) di fare qc
to do honour to sb or to do sb honour (enhance reputation of) → fare onore a qn
she did me the honour of attending my exhibition → mi ha fatto l'onore di presenziare alla mostra
to be an honour to one's profession → fare onore alla propria professione
it's a great honour to be invited (frm) → è un grande onore essere invitati
I had the honour of meeting him (frm) → ho avuto l'onore d'incontrarlo
(in) honour bound → moralmente obbligato/a
b. honours npl (distinction, award) → onorificenze fpl (Univ) she got first-class honours in Frenchsi è laureata in francese con la lode
to be buried with full honours → essere sepolto/a con grandi onori
to do the honours (fam) → fare gli onori di casa
c. (title) Your Honour (judge) → Vostro Onore (Am) (mayor) → signor sindaco
2. vt (dignify) to honour sb (with)onorare qn (con)
to honour sb with a title → conferire a qn un titolo

honour

(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.
verb
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.

honour

شَرَف čest ære Ehre τιμή honor kunnia honneur čast onore 道義心 명예 eer ære honor honra честь ära เกียรติยศ onur danh dự 荣誉
References in classic literature ?
We held the treaty within sixty yards of the garrison, on purpose to divert them from a breach of honour, as we could not avoid suspicions of the savages.
If, in our country, valour were rewarded by heraldic honour, this phrase -- which it seems so easy to speak, but which only he, with such a task of danger and glory before him, has ever spoken -- would be the best and fittest of all mottoes for the General's shield of arms.
Dear Miss Woodhouse, I would not give up the pleasure and honour of being intimate with you for any thing in the world.
His name, he replied, was Willoughby, and his present home was at Allenham, from whence he hoped she would allow him the honour of calling tomorrow to enquire after Miss Dashwood.
and the Misses Brocklehurst, and conducted to seats of honour at the top of the room.
I do myself the honour of calling as soon as possible after my arrival, to express the hope that I have not inconvenienced you by my perseverance in soliciting the occupation of Thrushcross Grange: I heard yesterday you had had some thoughts - '
It had therefore been with smothered displeasure that the proud though indolent Lord of Coningsburgh beheld the victor of the preceding day select Rowena as the object of that honour which it became his privilege to confer.
When we arrived at the island, which was about eleven in the morning, one of the gentlemen who accompanied me went to the governor, and desired admittance for a stranger, who came on purpose to have the honour of attending on his highness.
To all this and much more that Anselmo said to Lothario to persuade him to come to his house as he had been in the habit of doing, Lothario replied with so much prudence, sense, and judgment, that Anselmo was satisfied of his friend's good intentions, and it was agreed that on two days in the week, and on holidays, Lothario should come to dine with him; but though this arrangement was made between them Lothario resolved to observe it no further than he considered to be in accordance with the honour of his friend, whose good name was more to him than his own.
The sailor leaned on the railing, opened his eyes wide, and said, "Is your honour joking?
Bennet, Elizabeth, and one of the younger girls together, soon after breakfast, he addressed the mother in these words: "May I hope, madam, for your interest with your fair daughter Elizabeth, when I solicit for the honour of a private audience with her in the course of this morning?
Haarlem offered prizes for tulip-growing; and this fact brings us in the most natural manner to that celebration which the city intended to hold on May 15th, 1673 in honour of the great black tulip, immaculate and perfect, which should gain for its discoverer one hundred thousand guilders!