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noun Informal.
  1. honey(def 6).
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Origin of hon

First recorded in 1905–10; shortened form of honey
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Historical Examples of hons

  • It was never advertised in the newspapers, with a long list of "Hons."

    Round the Block

    John Bell Bouton

  • The Citizens Union began its campaign early that autumn, long before the Hons.

    A Far Country, Complete

    Winston Churchill

  • The following extracts from the testimony given before the Committee, the Hons.

  • Following the further provision of the joint resolution, I appointed the Hons.

British Dictionary definitions for hons


  1. short for honours (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for hons


1721 as short for honorable; 1906 as short for honey in the affectionate sense.

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