[ on-ist ]
/ ˈɒn ɪst /


Nearby words

  1. honecker,
  2. honecker, erich,
  3. honegger,
  4. honegger, arthur,
  5. honer,
  6. honest broker,
  7. honest injun,
  8. honest john,
  9. honest to god,
  10. honest-to-goodness

Origin of honest

1250–1300; Middle English honeste < Middle French < Latin honestus honorable, equivalent to hones- (variant stem of honōs) honor + -tus adj. suffix

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British Dictionary definitions for honest


/ (ˈɒnɪst) /


Derived Formshonestness, noun

Word Origin for honest

C13: from Old French honeste, from Latin honestus distinguished, from honōs honour

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Word Origin and History for honest



c.1300, "respectable, decent, of neat appearance," also "free from fraud," from Old French honeste (12c.; Modern French honnête), from Latin honestus "honorable, respected, regarded with honor," figuratively "deserving honor, honorable, respectable," from honos (see honor (n.)). Main modern sense of "dealing fairly, truthful" is c.1400, as is sense of "virtuous." Phrase to make an honest woman of "marry a woman after seduction" is from 1620s.

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Idioms and Phrases with honest


In addition to the idioms beginning with honest

  • honest to God

also see:

  • come by (honestly)
  • open (honest) and aboveboard
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