- 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.
- 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.
verb (used with object)
- honor bound,
- honor bright,
- honor camp,
- honor card,
- honor guard
- to show respect to.
- to be a credit to: Such good students would do honor to any teacher.
Origin of honor
Examples from the Web for honor
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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|Michael Daly|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
But the greatest sin of all for Francis is perhaps that of careerism, chiding those who honor people rather than God.Pope Francis Denounces the Vatican Elite’s 'Spiritual Alzheimer’s'|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But the youth is young, brave, and should live in honor and high promotion.The War Tiger|Wiliam Dalton
You mean that you do not know how to honor and trust when you lose faith.Tessa Wadsworth's Discipline|Jennie M. Drinkwater
The defendant's whereabouts were unknown to us, your Honor, and the court allowed us to serve notice by publication.Lightnin'|Frank Bacon
Ourdays always wound up with an extra good dinner, and a touch of gala costume in honor of the occasion.Marjorie's Busy Days|Carolyn Wells
The honor, such as it is, belongs to our aerial godfather, among whose lesser vices may be included that of practical joking.High Adventure|James Norman Hall
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]
In addition to the idiom beginning with honor
- honor bound
- do the honors
- in honor of
- on one's honor
- word of honor