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honorable mention

a citation conferred on a contestant, exhibit, etc., having exceptional merit though not winning a top honor or prize.
Origin of honorable mention
First recorded in 1865-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I hope she gets an honorable mention, even if she can't hit the prize.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther
  • Half a dozen women have honorable mention and one cannot be told from the other.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • He was a worthy citizen, well deserving of honorable mention.

    The Old Pike Thomas B. Searight
  • Miss Mary also received her full share of the credit, nor was the kettle excluded from honorable mention.

    Toto's Merry Winter Laura E. Richards
  • honorable mention might be made of many others who have spent time and money without stint in efforts to advance this cause.

  • For Grant's honorable mention he received the brevet rank of captain, to date from the day of the battle of Chapultepec.

    Our Standard-Bearer Oliver Optic
  • All the good little girls get prizes, but I wish he wouldn't go back to that honorable mention of mine.

    Miss Pat at School

    Pemberton Ginther
  • Such, too, was Mr. Shillitoe, of whom honorable mention will be made in another place;—besides many more.

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