What does Honor mean?

Definitions for Honor
ˈɒn ərhon·or

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Honor.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. award, accolade, honor, honour, laurelsnoun

    a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

    "an award for bravery"

  2. honor, honour, laurelsnoun

    the state of being honored

  3. honor, honournoun

    the quality of being honorable and having a good name

    "a man of honor"

  4. honor, honour, purity, purenessverb

    a woman's virtue or chastity

  5. honor, honour, rewardverb

    bestow honor or rewards upon

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

  6. respect, honor, honour, abide by, observeverb

    show respect towards

    "honor your parents!"

  7. honor, honourverb

    accept as pay

    "we honor checks and drafts"


  1. honornoun

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

  2. honornoun

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

    The crowds gave the returning general much honor and praise.

  3. honornoun

    A prize or award.

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

  4. honornoun

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

  5. honornoun

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

  6. honornoun

    The privilege of playing first from the tee in golf.

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

  7. honorverb

    To show respect for.

  8. honorverb

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

    refuse to honor the exercise of put option

  9. honorverb

    To bestow an honor on a person

  10. Honornoun

    A female given name from English.

    They had named the baby Honor because Eugenie had been moved by Honoré de Balzac's Le Père Goriot in her French class.

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


  1. honor

    Honor is a smartphone brand majority owned by a state-owned enterprise controlled by the municipal government of Shenzhen. It was formerly owned by Huawei Technologies. Honor provides smartphones, but has also released tablet computers and wearable technology. In 2016, George Zhao was global president of Honor. In November 2020, Honor was acquired by Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology Co. Ltd.


  1. honor

    Honor is a moral virtue characterized by truthfulness, fairness, integrity, and respect for oneself and others. It entails maintaining one's principles and fulfilling one's responsibilities with distinction, while demonstrating a strong regard for ethical conduct, dignity, and upholding a sense of personal and societal values.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Honornoun

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

  2. Honornoun

    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. Honornoun

    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. Honornoun

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

  5. Honornoun

    fame; reputation; credit

  6. Honornoun

    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. Honornoun

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

  8. Honornoun

    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. Honornoun

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

  10. Honornoun

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

  11. Honornoun

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

  12. Honornoun

    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. Honornoun

    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. Honornoun

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

  15. Etymology: [OE. honouren, onouren, OF. honorer, honourer, F. honorer, fr. L. honorare, fr. honor, n.]


  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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. honor

    In a general acceptation may be properly called a consciousness of worth and virtue in the individual, and a lively desire to preserve the reputation of virtue. As a term, it is variously used in military life. As a quality of the mind, it cannot be too much encouraged or too much cultivated among military men of all ranks and descriptions. The possession of it is a guarantee for good conduct, a bond of fidelity, and a certain barrier against military corruption. Men are excited to deeds of valor and enterprise by a sense of honor, who would otherwise remain inactive, or only perform the mere drudgery of service. This term may likewise be considered as esteem, reputation, the glory which is attached by mankind to talents and virtues.

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  1. Honor

    Honor vs. Honour -- In this Grammar.com article you will learn the differences between the words Honor and Honour.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. HONOR

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Honor is ranked #34272 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Honor surname appeared 662 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Honor.

    50.9% or 337 total occurrences were Black.
    41.6% or 276 total occurrences were White.
    4.2% or 28 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 15 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Honor in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Honor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Honor in a Sentence

  1. The Republican governor:

    Forrest would not be my choice of one of the Tennesseans that we honor.

  2. Steph Curry:

    I agree with ‘ Bron. Pretty sure the way we handled things last year, kinda staying consistent with that, u bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going ! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up !

  3. Paul Ryan:

    This is a classified request. And I believe that they can honor this request without jeopardizing those issues, i expect that we will be able to have an accommodation to honor this request.

  4. Project Angel Food:

    When my father passed away… my mother said, ‘Oh, we have to memorialize Eddie,’ because she still calls him ‘delicious,’ even after all these years, so we had a little party with bagels and lox for my little Jewish dad. My sisters and I got up and spoke. By the end, we all had included in our speech that we were his favorite! The reason why we all said that is because, at one point in our life, he made us feel that way. He didn’t know really how to be a father, but he did adore us all, and he did honor us all in that way.

  5. Henry David Thoreau:

    Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison . . . the only house in a slave State in which a free man can abide with honor.

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