- (used as a title of respect for certain ranking government officials.)
- British. (used as a title of courtesy for children of peers ranking below a marquis.) Abbreviation: Hon.
Origin of honorable
Examples from the Web for honorable
She did what she could and had, as far as I know, an honorable career.
 Bone was an Indianan, and had a long and honorable career in journalism, stretching from 1881 to 1918.The Stacks: H.L. Mencken on the 1904 Baltimore Fire|H.L. Mencken|October 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The consumption of rabbit meat has a long, honorable history in the United States.
In this way he was, in the truest and most honorable sense, a conservative.American Dreams: Saul Bellow’s Masterpiece of Lamentation|Nathaniel Rich|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
An honorable visitor to Chiltern, of course, never drops names.Inside London’s Hottest Celebrity Haunt—But How Long Will Chiltern Firehouse Burn?|Lizzie Crocker|June 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
What is there in me which broods upon his just and honorable life, and which he cannot drive away though he tries?Tales of the Chesapeake|George Alfred Townsend
The tendency of Alger stories is to the formation of an honorable, manly character.Camp Fires of the Wolf Patrol|Alan Douglas
Surely the honorable member held a commission in the Clare Fencibles.One Of Them|Charles James Lever
In his own estimate, the most honorable trait of his character was that "no Athenian through his means had ever put on mourning."Greek Sculpture|Estelle M. Hurll
He was the father of General Gordon Cloyd and they founded a long line of honorable citizens in our country.Legends of the Skyline Drive and the Great Valley of Virginia|Carrie Hunter Willis
Word Origin and History for honorable
early 14c. (mid-13c. as a surname), from Old French honorable, from Latin honorabilis "that procures honor, estimable, honorable," from honorare "to honor" (see honor (n.)). Related: Honorably.
"Now, George, you must divide the cake honorably with your brother Charlie."--George: "What is 'honorably,' mother?" "It means that you must give him the largest piece."--George: "Then, mother, I should rather Charlie would cut it." ["Smart Sayings of Bright Children," collected by Howard Paul, 1886]