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  1. revered or respected because of antiquity and long continuance: a time-honored custom.
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Also especially British, time-hon·oured.

Origin of time-honored

First recorded in 1585–95
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Historical Examples of time-honoured

  • Sam, in no humour to be meek, made the time-honoured rejoinder.

    The Huntress

    Hulbert Footner

  • My father is dead and I am heir to great estates and a time-honoured name.

    Grey Town

    Gerald Baldwin

  • It came in time-honoured forms—those of horses and of a woman.

  • The Comedians were a time-honoured institution at Grandcourt.

    The Master of the Shell

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • Yet this does not exclude the time-honoured formula of Christendom.

British Dictionary definitions for time-honoured


  1. having been observed for a long time and sanctioned by custom
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Word Origin and History for time-honoured



also time-honoured, 1590s; from time (n.) + past tense of honor (v.).

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