honour

[ on-er ]
/ ˈɒn ər /

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

Usage note

See -or1.

Definition for honours (2 of 2)

honor

[ on-er ]
/ ˈɒn ər /

noun

verb (used with object)

adjective

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

ANTONYMS FOR 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.
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British Dictionary definitions for honours (1 of 4)

honours

US honors

/ (ˈɒnəz) /

pl n

observances of respect
(often capital)
  1. (in a university degree or degree course) a rank of the highest academic standard
  2. (as modifier)an honours degree Abbreviation: Hons Compare general (def. 9), pass (def. 35)
a high mark awarded for an examination; distinction
last honours or funeral honours observances of respect at a funeral
military honours ceremonies performed by troops in honour of royalty, at the burial of an officer, etc

British Dictionary definitions for honours (2 of 4)

honor

/ (ˈɒnə) /

noun, verb

the US spelling of honour

British Dictionary definitions for honours (3 of 4)

Honour

/ (ˈɒnə) /

noun

(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 honours (4 of 4)

honour

US honor

/ (ˈɒnə) /

noun

verb (tr)

See also honours

Derived Forms

honourer or US honorer, nounhonourless or US honorless, adjective

Word Origin for honour

C12: from Old French onor, from Latin honor esteem
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Idioms and Phrases with honours

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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