- The definition of honor is high respect, great reputation or high rank received or enjoyed.
- An example of honor is an excellent student receiving praise for their accomplishments.
- An example of honor is a welcome home party given for someone returning home after serving in war.
- Honor is defined as to respect, worship or accept someone or something.
- An example of honor is listening to and obeying someone's wishes.
- An example of honor is accepting a check from someone.
- high regard or great respect given, received, or enjoyed; esp.,
- glory; fame; renown
- good reputation; credit
- a keen sense of right and wrong; adherence to action or principles considered right; integrity: to conduct oneself with honor
- chastity or purity
- reputation for chastity
- high rank or position; distinction; dignity: the great honor of the presidency
- [H-] a title of respect given to certain officials, as judges: preceded by Your or by His or Her
- something done or given as a token or act of respect; specif.,
- Obs. a curtsy; bow
- a social courtesy or privilege: may I have the honor of this dance?
- a badge, token, decoration, etc. given to a person
- [pl.] public acts or ceremonies of respect: buried with full military honors
- [pl.] special distinction or credit given to students, esp. at commencement, for high academic achievement
- [pl.] an advanced course of study in place of or in addition to the regular course, for exceptional students: Honors English
- a person or thing that brings respect and fame to a school, country, etc.
- any of the five highest cards in a suit
- [pl.] all, or any four, of the five highest cards of the trump suit or, in a no-trump hand, the four aces
- Golf the privilege of driving first from the tee
Origin of honorMiddle English honour from Old French from Classical Latin honor, honos, official dignity, repute, esteem
- to respect greatly; regard highly; esteem
- to show great respect or high regard for; treat with deference and courtesy
- to worship (a deity)
- to do or give something in honor of
- to accept and pay when due: to honor a check
- to carry out the terms of: to honor a treaty obligation
- to accept as valid, good for credit, etc.: a store that honors most credit cards
- to make a bow to in square dancing
do honor to
- to show great respect for
- to bring or cause honor to
do the honors
in honor of
on one's honor
- 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.
- A mark, token, or gesture of respect or distinction, such as a military decoration.
- 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.
- High rank: assumed the honor of kingship.
- 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.
- Sports The right of being first at the tee in golf.
- 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.
transitive verbhon·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.
- To accept or pay as valid: honor a check; a store that honors all credit cards.
Origin of honorMiddle English from Old French from Latin
(third-person singular simple present honors, present participle honoring, simple past and past participle honored)
- A female given name.
- The given name is often spelled Honor also in the U.K.