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[tahym-on-erd] /ˈtaɪmˌɒn ərd/
revered or respected because of antiquity and long continuance:
a time-honored custom.
Also, especially British, time-honoured.
Origin of time-honored
First recorded in 1585-95 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A time-honoured tiger story with old hands, used to tell how the Soonderbund tigers got carried out to sea.

  • My father is dead and I am heir to great estates and a time-honoured name.

    Grey Town Gerald Baldwin
  • In which they followed the time-honoured usage of embattled hosts, or at least of their respective war correspondents.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • It came in time-honoured forms—those of horses and of a woman.

  • Having broken the news, Gwen went on to minimise its seriousness; a time-honoured method, perhaps the best one.

    When Ghost Meets Ghost William Frend De Morgan
  • The Comedians were a time-honoured institution at Grandcourt.

    The Master of the Shell Talbot Baines Reed
  • Nor need we strip the romance from that time-honoured tale of the great master's solitude.

    Renaissance in Italy Vol. 3 John Addington Symonds
  • The cooking of this soup was an ancient, time-honoured custom.

    In the Foreign Legion Erwin Rosen
  • Yet the time-honoured Show was found to be possessed of wonderful vitality.

  • time-honoured institution, from which no scribbling traveller should depart.

    Mogreb-el-Acksa R. B. Cunninghame Graham
British Dictionary definitions for time-honoured


having been observed for a long time and sanctioned by custom
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for time-honoured



also time-honoured, 1590s; from time (n.) + past tense of honor (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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