Definition of Honor in English :

Define Honor in English

Honor meaning in English

Meaning of Honor in English

Pronunciation of Honor in English

Honor pronunciation in English

Pronounce Honor in English


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1. accolade, award, honor, honour, laurels

a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

Example Sentences:
'an award for bravery'

2. honor, honour, laurels

the state of being honored

3. honor, honour

the quality of being honorable and having a good name

Example Sentences:
'a man of honor'

4. honor, honour, pureness, purity

a woman's virtue or chastity


5. honor, honour, reward

bestow honor or rewards upon

Example Sentences:
'Today we honor our soldiers'
'The scout was rewarded for courageous action'

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

show respect towards

Example Sentences:
'honor your parents!'

7. honor, honour

accept as pay

Example Sentences:
'we honor checks and drafts'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of honor
noun, verb
the US spelling of honour

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see synonyms of honor
high regard or great respect given, received, or enjoyed
; esp.,
glory; fame; renown
good reputation; credit
a keen sense of right and wrong; adherence to action or principles considered right; integrity
to conduct oneself with honor
chastity or purity
reputation for chastity
high rank or position; distinction; dignity
the great honor of the presidency
5.  [H-]
a title of respect given to certain officials, as judges
, preceded by Your or by His or Her
something done or given as a token or act of respect
; specif.,
a.  Obsolete
a curtsy; bow
a social courtesy or privilege
may I have the honor of this dance?
a badge, token, decoration, etc. given to a person
d.  [pl.]
public acts or ceremonies of respect
buried with full military honors
e.  [pl.]
special distinction or credit given to students, esp. at commencement, for high academic achievement
f.  [pl.]
an advanced course of study in place of or in addition to the regular course, for exceptional students
Honors English
a person or thing that brings respect and fame to a school, country, etc.
8.  Bridge
any of the five highest cards in a suit
b.  [pl.]
all, or any four, of the five highest cards of the trump suit or, in a no-trump hand, the four aces
9.  Golf
the privilege of driving first from the tee
verb transitive
to respect greatly; regard highly; esteem
to show great respect or high regard for; treat with deference and courtesy
to worship (a deity)
to do or give something in honor of
to accept and pay when due
to honor a check
to carry out the terms of
to honor a treaty obligation
to accept as valid, good for credit, etc.
a store that honors most credit cards
to make a bow to in square dancing
of or showing honor
honor roll

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of honor
1. High respect, as that shown for special merit; recognition or esteem: the honor shown to a Nobel laureate; the place of honor at the table.
a. Great privilege: I have the honor of presenting the governor.
b. Good name; reputation: I must defend my honor.
c. A source or cause of credit: was an honor to the profession.
3. A mark, token, or gesture of respect or distinction, such as a military decoration.
4. honors
a. Public acts or ceremonies showing respect: was buried with full honors.
b. Special recognition for unusual academic achievement: graduated with honors.
c. A program of advanced study for exceptional students: planned to take honors in history.
d. Social courtesies offered to guests: did the honors at tea.
5. High rank: assumed the honor of kingship.
6. Honor Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for certain officials, such as judges and the mayors of certain cities: Her Honor, Judge Jones.
a. A sense of principled uprightness of character; personal integrity: conducted herself with honor; saw the challenge as a matter of honor.
b. A code of integrity, dignity, and pride, chiefly among men, that was maintained in some societies, as in feudal Europe, by force of arms.
c. A woman's chastity or reputation for chastity.
8. Sports The right of being first at the tee in golf.
9. Games
a. Any of the four or five highest cards, especially the ace, king, queen, jack, and ten of the trump suit, in card games such as bridge or whist.
b. often honors The points allotted to these cards.
tr.v. hon·ored, hon·or·ing, hon·ors
a. To hold in respect; esteem: a researcher who is highly honored for her work.
b. To show respect for: honored the volunteers with a party.
c. To confer distinction on: He has honored us with his presence.
d. To bow to (another dancer) in square dancing: Honor your partner.
2. To accept or pay as valid: honor a check; a store that honors all credit cards.

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