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 honours
Historical Examples of honours
It is in vain to palter with our conscience: there are not two honours—two honesties.Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10)
What riches, or honours, or pleasures, can make us amends for the loss of innocence?Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
I can see better there than in the dazzling brilliancy of honours.My Double Life
It came to me like a flash as the Emperor was conferring the honours upon me.City of Endless Night
It is not, therefore, without scruple that I address your Honours in this matter.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
- a title used to or of certain judges
- (in Ireland) a form of address in general use
- 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
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