- honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions: a man of honor.
- a source of credit or distinction: to be an honor to one's family.
- high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank: to be held in honor.
- such respect manifested: a memorial in honor of the dead.
- high public esteem; fame; glory: He has earned his position of honor.
- the privilege of being associated with or receiving a favor from a respected person, group, organization, etc.: to have the honor of serving on a prize jury; I have the honor of introducing this evening's speaker.
- Usually honors. evidence, as a special ceremony, decoration, scroll, or title, of high rank, dignity, or distinction: political honors; military honors.
- (initial capital letter) a deferential title of respect, especially for judges and mayors (preceded by His, Her, Your, etc.).
- special rank or distinction conferred by a university, college, or school upon a student for eminence in scholarship or success in some particular subject.
- an advanced course of study for superior students.Compare honors course.
- chastity or purity in a woman.
- Also called honor card. Cards.
- Bridge.any of the five highest trump cards, as an ace, king, queen, jack, or ten in the trump suit, or any of the four aces in a no-trump contract.Compare honor trick.
- Whist.any of the four highest trump cards, as an ace, king, queen, or jack in the trump suit.
- Golf. the privilege of teeing off before the other player or side, given after the first hole to the player or side that won the previous hole.
- to hold in honor or high respect; revere: to honor one's parents.
- to treat with honor.
- to confer honor or distinction upon: The university honored him with its leadership award.
- to worship (the Supreme Being).
- to show a courteous regard for: to honor an invitation.
- Commerce. to accept or pay (a draft, check, etc.): All credit cards are honored here.
- to accept as valid and conform to the request or demands of (an official document).
- (in square dancing) to meet or salute with a bow.
- of, relating to, or noting honor.
- be on/upon one's honor, to accept and acknowledge personal responsibility for one's actions: West Point cadets are on their honor not to cheat on an exam.
- do honor to,
- to show respect to.
- to be a credit to: Such good students would do honor to any teacher.
- do the honors, to serve or preside as host, as in introducing people, or carving or serving at table: Father did the honors at the family Thanksgiving dinner.
Origin of honor
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Examples from the Web for honor
These days, to be featured by Travel Noire on Instagram is like a badge of honor for many black millennial travelers.‘We Out Here’: Inside the New Black Travel Movement
January 4, 2015
In honor of her big year, here are some little-known facts about the songstress, courtesy of BuzzFeed.Some Taylor Swift Facts After A Massive Year
The Daily Beast Video
December 29, 2014
One of the honor guard approached with slow, measured steps and presented the flag to a uniformed captain.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
Even the queen saw fit to honor him with the Order of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace in 2008.
Induction would be a fitting gesture, even now when the honor would be posthumous.
I did all that in honor could be done to avert the war, but without avail.
These only becloud, they do not help to point the way of safety and honor.
"By no means, I give you my word of honor," answered the major, laughing.Weighed and Wanting
He did me the honor to repeat it aloud; but the Minister's answer was not heard.
Am I to have the honor of being detailed for that service to-morrow?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- the US spelling of honour
Word Origin and History for honor
c.1200, "glory, renown, fame earned," from Anglo-French honour, Old French honor (Modern French honneur), from Latin honorem (nominative honos, later honor) "honor, dignity, office, reputation," of unknown origin. Till 17c., honour and honor were equally frequent; the former now preferred in England, the latter in U.S. by influence of Noah Webster's spelling reforms. Meaning "a woman's chastity" first attested late 14c. Honors "distinction in scholarship" attested by 1782. Honor roll in the scholastic sense attested by 1872. To do the honors (1650s) originally meant the customary civilities and courtesies at a public entertainment, etc.
mid-13c., honuren, "to do honor to," from Old French honorer, from Latin honorare, from honor (see honor (n.)). In the commercial sense of "accept a bill due, etc.," it is recorded from 1706. Related: Honored; honoring.
A custom more honoured in the breach than the observance. Whoever will look up the passage (Hamlet I. iv. 16) will see that it means, beyond a doubt, a custom that one deserves more honour for breaking than for keeping: but it is often quoted in the wrong & very different sense of a dead letter or rule more often broken than kept. [Fowler]
Idioms and Phrases with honor
In addition to the idiom beginning with honor
- honor bound
- do the honors
- in honor of
- on one's honor
- word of honor