[ on-uh-rif-ik ]
/ ˌɒn əˈrɪf ɪk /


Also hon·or·if·i·cal. doing or conferring honor.
conveying honor, as a title or a grammatical form used in speaking to or about a superior, elder, etc.


(in certain languages, as Chinese and Japanese) a class of forms used to show respect, especially in direct address.
a title or term of respect.

Origin of honorific

First recorded in 1640–50, honorific is from the Latin word honōrificus honor-making. See honor, -i-, -fic

Related forms

hon·or·if·i·cal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for honorific


/ (ˌɒnəˈrɪfɪk) /


showing or conferring honour or respect
  1. (of a pronoun, verb inflection, etc) indicating the speaker's respect for the addressee or his acknowledgment of inferior status
  2. (as noun)a Japanese honorific

Derived Forms

honorifically, adverb
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