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  1. honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions: a man of honor.

  2. a source of credit or distinction: to be an honor to one's family.

  1. high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank: to be held in honor.

  2. such respect manifested: a memorial in honor of the dead.

  3. high public esteem; fame; glory: He has earned his position of honor.

  4. the privilege of being associated with or receiving a favor from a respected person, group, organization, etc.: I had the honor of serving on the Pulitzer Prize jury. It is an honor to introduce this evening's speaker.

  5. Usually honors. evidence, as a special ceremony, decoration, scroll, or title, of high rank, dignity, or distinction: political honors;military honors.

  6. Honor, a deferential title of respect, especially for judges and mayors (preceded by His, Her, Your, etc.).

  7. honors,

    • 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.

  8. especially historically, chastity or purity in a woman.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

verb (used with object)
  1. to hold in honor or high respect; revere: to honor one's parents.

  2. to treat with honor.

  1. to confer honor or distinction upon: The university honored her with its leadership award.

  2. to worship, glorify, or serve (a deity): Believers honor Hanuman as the embodiment of strength and courage.May he grow to be a man who loves and honors God.

  3. to show a courteous regard for: to honor an invitation.

  4. Commerce. to accept or pay (a draft, check, etc.): All credit cards are honored here.

  5. to accept as valid and conform to the request or demands of (an official document).

  6. (in square dancing) to meet or salute with a bow.

  1. of, relating to, or noting honor.

Idioms about honor

  1. 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.

  2. do honor to,

    • to show respect to.

    • to be a credit to: Such good students would do honor to any teacher.

  1. 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

First recorded in 1150–1200; Middle English noun (h)onour, (h)onor, from Old French (h)onor, onur, from Latin honōr- (stem of honor, earlier honōs); verb ultimately derivative of the noun
  • Also especially British, hon·our .

synonym study For honor

1. Honor, honesty, integrity, sincerity refer to the highest moral principles and the absence of deceit or fraud. Honor denotes a fine sense of, and a strict conformity to, what is considered morally right or due: a high sense of honor; on one's honor. Honesty denotes the presence of probity and particularly the absence of deceit or fraud, especially in business dealings: uncompromising honesty and trustworthiness. Integrity indicates a soundness of moral principle that no power or influence can impair: a man of unquestioned integrity and dependability. Sincerity implies absence of dissimulation or deceit, and a strong adherence to truth: His sincerity was evident in every word. 3. Honor, consideration, distinction refer to the regard in which one is held by others. Honor suggests a combination of liking and respect: His colleagues held him in great honor. Consideration suggests honor because of proved worth: a man worthy of the highest consideration. Distinction suggests particular honor because of qualities or accomplishments: She achieved distinction as a violinist at an early age.

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Opposites for honor

Other words from honor

  • hon·or·er, noun
  • hon·or·less, adjective
  • o·ver·hon·or, verb (used with object)
  • re·hon·or, verb (used with object)
  • self-hon·ored, adjective
  • un·hon·ored, adjective

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How to use honor in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for honor


/ (ˈɒnə) /

noun, verb
  1. the US spelling of honour

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Other Idioms and Phrases with honor


In addition to the idiom beginning with honor

  • honor bound

also see:

  • do the honors
  • in honor of
  • on one's honor
  • word of honor

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