noun, verb (used with object), adjective Chiefly British.
- 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)
Origin of honor
Synonyms for honor
Antonyms for honor
Examples from the Web for honour
Contemporary Examples of honour
Harry was guest of honour at youth empowerment charity We Day, and sat with his girlfriend Cressida in the audience.Cressida At Harry's Side At Official Event - Engagement Rumors Ramp Up!
March 7, 2014
The honour is within the personal gift of Her Majesty and is the highest order of chivalry in the land.Naughty Harry Passed Over for Order of Garter
April 24, 2013
“They forced us to pick up guns to defend our honour,” he said.The Last Days of the Americans in Afghanistan
April 21, 2013
This was reported by the Toronto Sun, which quoted Councillor Joe Mihevc as saying: “He did not do honour to our good city.”How Rob Ford's Drinking Affects His Work
March 27, 2013
Now the town of Picton is considering an ambitious new plan to honour Macdonald: a bronze statue of Macdonald as a young lawyer.Let's Properly Honor Canadian Icon John A. Macdonald
November 17, 2012
Historical Examples of honour
Festivals in honour of Zeus, because he delivered men from misfortunes and dangers.
This festival, in honour of Dionysus, was observed with great splendour.
Ceremonies at Eleusis, in honour of Demeter, observed with great secrecy.
This was a common practice during the festival of Thargelia, in honour of Phœbus.
King Henry often looked in on these matches, and did honour to the winners.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
- fame or glory
- a person or thing that wins this for anotherhe is an honour to the school
- bridge pokerany of the top five cards in a suit or any of the four aces at no trumps
- whistany of the top four cards
- to pay homage to
- to be a credit to
- to serve as host or hostess
- to perform a social act, such as carving meat, proposing a toast, etc
Word Origin for honour
- a title used to or of certain judges
- (in Ireland) a form of address in general use
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