Honor definition

ŏnər
To respect greatly; regard highly; esteem.
verb
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A keen sense of right and wrong; adherence to action or principles considered right; integrity.

To conduct oneself with honor.

noun
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To worship (a deity)
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A mark, token, or gesture of respect or distinction, such as a military decoration.
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To show great respect or high regard for; treat with deference and courtesy.
verb
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To do or give something in honor of.
verb
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Something done or given as a token or act of respect.
  • (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.
  • Public acts or ceremonies of respect.
    Buried with full military honors.
  • Special distinction or credit given to students, esp. at commencement, for high academic achievement.
  • An advanced course of study in place of or in addition to the regular course, for exceptional students.
    Honors English.
noun
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A person or thing that brings respect and fame to a school, country, etc.
noun
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Of or showing honor.

Honor roll.

adjective
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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.

noun
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A title of respect given to certain officials, as judges.
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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.

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High rank.

Assumed the honor of kingship.

noun
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High regard or great respect given, received, or enjoyed.
  • Glory; fame; renown.
  • Good reputation; credit.
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High rank or position; distinction; dignity.

The great honor of the presidency.

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Great privilege.

I have the honor of presenting the governor.

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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.

verb
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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.

noun
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(sports) The right of being first at the tee in golf.
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Good name; reputation.

I must defend my honor.

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A source or cause of credit.

Was an honor to the profession.

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Public acts or ceremonies showing respect.

Was buried with full honors.

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Special recognition for unusual academic achievement.

Graduated with honors.

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To accept and pay when due.

To honor a check.

verb
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To carry out the terms of.

To honor a treaty obligation.

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A program of advanced study for exceptional students.

Planned to take honors in history.

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Social courtesies offered to guests.

Did the honors at tea.

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A sense of principled uprightness of character; personal integrity.

Conducted herself with honor; saw the challenge as a matter of honor.

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A code of integrity, dignity, and pride, chiefly among men, that was maintained in some societies, as in feudal Europe, by force of arms.
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A woman's chastity or reputation for chastity.
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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.
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The points allotted to these cards.
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To accept or pay as valid.

Honor a check; a store that honors all credit cards.

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To hold in respect; esteem.

A researcher who is highly honored for her work.

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To show respect for.

Honored the volunteers with a party.

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Chastity or purity.
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Reputation for chastity.
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Any of the five highest cards in a suit.
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All, or any four, of the five highest cards of the trump suit or, in a no-trump hand, the four aces.
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To make a bow to in square dancing.
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American standard spelling of honour.
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American standard spelling of honour.
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A female given name.
pronoun
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To confer distinction on.

He has honored us with his presence.

verb
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To bow to (another dancer) in square dancing.

Honor your partner.

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(golf) The privilege of driving first from the tee.
noun
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To accept as valid, good for credit, etc.

A store that honors most credit cards.

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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.
idiom
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on (one's) honor
  • Under an obligation enforced by the personal integrity of the one obliged.
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do honor to
  • to show great respect for
  • to bring or cause honor to
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do the honors
  • to act as host or hostess, esp. by making introductions, proposing toasts, serving at table, etc.
idiom
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honor bright
  • honestly; truthfully
idiom
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in honor of
  • as a token of respect for
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on one's honor
  • staking one's good name or one's truthfulness, trustworthiness, or reliability
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
honor
Plural:
honors

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

honor bound
do honor to
honor bright
in honor of

Origin of honor

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Shortened from Honoria and Honora; later also interpreted as a virtue name by Puritans.

    From Wiktionary