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[ on-er ]
/ ˈɒn ər /

noun, verb (used with object), adjective Chiefly British.



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Nearby words

honorius ii, honorius iii, honorius iv, honors course, honors of war, honour, honour killing, honour moderations, honour school, honourable, honourable discharge

Usage note

See -or1.

Definition for honour (2 of 2)


[ on-er ]
/ ˈɒn ər /


verb (used with object)


of, relating to, or noting honor.
Also especially British, hon·our.

Origin of honor

1150–1200; (noun) Middle English (h)on(o)ur < Anglo-French (Old French (h)onor, onur) < Latin honōr- (stem of honor, earlier honōs); (v.) Middle English < Anglo-French (h)on(o)urer < Latin honōrāre, derivative of honor
Related forms

Synonym study

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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for honour (1 of 3)


US honor

/ (ˈɒnə) /


verb (tr)

See also honours
Derived Formshonourer or US honorer, nounhonourless or US honorless, adjective

Word Origin for honour

C12: from Old French onor, from Latin honor esteem

British Dictionary definitions for honour (2 of 3)


/ (ˈɒnə) /


(preceded by Your, His, or Her)
  1. a title used to or of certain judges
  2. (in Ireland) a form of address in general use

British Dictionary definitions for honour (3 of 3)


/ (ˈɒnə) /

noun, verb

the US spelling of honour
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Idioms and Phrases with honour


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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