Definitions for honorˈɒn ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

hon•or*ˈɒn ər(n.)

  1. honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions:

    a code of honor.

  2. a source of credit or distinction:

    to be an honor to one's country.

  3. high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank:

    to be held in great honor.

  4. such respect manifested:

    a memorial in honor of the dead; the place of honor at the table.

  5. high public esteem; fame; glory:

    to earn a position of honor.

  6. the privilege of being associated with or receiving a favor from a respected person, group, etc.:

    the honor of serving on a panel; I have the honor of introducing this evening's speaker.

  7. Usu., honors. evidence, as a special ceremony, decoration, scroll, or title, of high rank or distinction:

    military honors.

  8. (cap.) a deferential title of respect, esp. for judges and mayors (prec. by His, Her, Your, etc.).

  9. honors, special rank or distinction conferred by a university, college, or school upon an outstanding student. a class or course for advanced students, usu. involving accelerated or independent work. (in Canada) a program of study at a university beyond the general course, for specialization in a particular subject.

    Category: Education, Canada/Canadian

  10. chastity or purity in a woman.

  11. Also called hon′or card`. (in bridge) any of the five highest trump cards or any of the four aces in a no-trump contract.

    Category: Games

  12. the privilege of teeing off in golf before the other player or side, given after the first hole to the player or side that won the previous hole.

    Category: Sport

  13. (v.t.)to hold in honor or high respect; revere:

    to honor one's ancestors.

  14. to treat with honor.

  15. to confer honor or distinction upon.

  16. to show a courteous regard for:

    to honor an invitation.

  17. to accept or pay (a credit card, check, etc.).

    Category: Business

  18. to accept as valid and conform to the request or demands of (an official document):

    to honor a treaty.

  19. (in square dancing) to meet or salute with a bow.

    Category: Music and Dance

  20. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or noting honor.

Idioms for honor:

  1. do the honors, to act as host, as in serving at the dinner table.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: honor , honesty , integrity , sincerity refer to the highest moral principles. honor denotes a fine sense of, and a strict conformity to, what is considered morally right or due: The soldier conducted himself with honor. honesty denotes moral virtue and particularly the absence of deceit or fraud: known for her honesty in business dealings. integrity indicates a soundness of moral principle that no power or influence can impair: a judge of unquestioned integrity. sincerity particularly implies the absence of dissimulation or deceit and a strong adherence to the truth: Your sincerity was evident in every word.

Origin of honor:

1150–1200; (n.) ME (h)on(o)ur < AF (OF (h)onor, onur) < L honor, earlier honōs; (v.) ME < AF (h)on(o)urer < L honōrāre, der. of honor


Princeton's WordNet

  1. award, accolade, honor, honour, laurels(noun)

    a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

    "an award for bravery"

  2. honor, honour, laurels(noun)

    the state of being honored

  3. honor, honour(noun)

    the quality of being honorable and having a good name

    "a man of honor"

  4. honor, honour, purity, pureness(verb)

    a woman's virtue or chastity

  5. honor, honour, reward(verb)

    bestow honor or rewards upon

    "Today we honor our soldiers"; "The scout was rewarded for courageous action"

  6. respect, honor, honour, abide by, observe(verb)

    show respect towards

    "honor your parents!"

  7. honor, honour(verb)

    accept as pay

    "we honor checks and drafts"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. honor(noun)ˈɑɑnɚ

    moral behavior or integrity

    a woman of honor and intelligence

  2. honorˈɑɑnɚ

    respect and admiration other people feel for sb; = reputation

    His family's honor was very important to him.

  3. honorˈɑɑnɚ

    sth you feel proud of doing

    It would be an honor to meet the President.

  4. honorˈɑɑnɚ

    a prize or reward

    He was awarded the highest honor in the field.

  5. honorˈɑɑnɚ

    to show respect for

    a ceremony in honor of those who gave their life in the war

  6. honor(verb)ˈɑɑnɚ

    to show respect by giving a prize or reward

    a ceremony to honor him for his bravery

  7. honorˈɑɑnɚ

    to keep a promise or do a duty

    a debt that must be honored


  1. honor(Noun)

    The state of being morally upright, honest, noble, virtuous, and magnanimous; the perception of such a state.

  2. honor(Noun)

    Veneration of someone, usually for being morally upright and/or competent.

    The crowds gave the returning general much honor and praise.

  3. honor(Noun)

    A prize or award.

    Audie Murphy received many honors, such as the Distinguished Service Cross.

  4. honor(Noun)

    The center point of the upper half of an armorial escutcheon.

  5. honor(Noun)

    An ace, king, queen, jack, or ten especially of the trump suit in bridge.

  6. honor(Noun)

    The privilege of playing first from the tee in golf.

    I'll let you have the honors, BobuE000129595uE001go ahead.

  7. honor(Verb)

    To show respect for.

  8. honor(Verb)

    To conform to, abide by, act in accordance with (an agreement, request, or the like).

    refuse to honor the exercise of put option

  9. honor(Verb)

    To bestow an honor on a person

  10. Honor(ProperNoun)


  11. Origin: Shortened from Honoria and Honora; later also interpreted as a virtue name by Puritans.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Honor(noun)

    esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation; respect; consideration; reverence; veneration; manifestation of respect or reverence

  2. Honor(noun)

    that which rightfully attracts esteem, respect, or consideration; self-respect; dignity; courage; fidelity; especially, excellence of character; high moral worth; virtue; nobleness; specif., in men, integrity; uprightness; trustworthness; in women, purity; chastity

  3. Honor(noun)

    a nice sense of what is right, just, and true, with course of life correspondent thereto; strict conformity to the duty imposed by conscience, position, or privilege

  4. Honor(noun)

    that to which esteem or consideration is paid; distinguished position; high rank

  5. Honor(noun)

    fame; reputation; credit

  6. Honor(noun)

    a token of esteem paid to worth; a mark of respect; a ceremonial sign of consideration; as, he wore an honor on his breast; military honors; civil honors

  7. Honor(noun)

    a cause of respect and fame; a glory; an excellency; an ornament; as, he is an honor to his nation

  8. Honor(noun)

    a title applied to the holders of certain honorable civil offices, or to persons of rank; as, His Honor the Mayor. See Note under Honorable

  9. Honor(noun)

    a seigniory or lordship held of the king, on which other lordships and manors depended

  10. Honor(noun)

    academic or university prizes or distinctions; as, honors in classics

  11. Honor(noun)

    the ace, king, queen, and jack of trumps. The ten and nine are sometimes called Dutch honors

  12. Honor(noun)

    to regard or treat with honor, esteem, or respect; to revere; to treat with deference and submission; when used of the Supreme Being, to reverence; to adore; to worship

  13. Honor(noun)

    to dignify; to raise to distinction or notice; to bestow honor upon; to elevate in rank or station; to ennoble; to exalt; to glorify; hence, to do something to honor; to treat in a complimentary manner or with civility

  14. Honor(noun)

    to accept and pay when due; as, to honora bill of exchange


  1. Honor

    Honor is a village in Benzie County of the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 328 at the 2010 census. The village is located within Homestead Township on U.S. Highway 31 along the Platte River.

Translations for honor

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


respect for truth, honesty etc

a man of honour.

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