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- honour (British, Commonwealth, Irish)
From Middle English honour, honor, honur, from Anglo-Norman honour, honur, from Old French honor, from Latin honor. Displaced native Middle English menske (“honor, dignity among men”), from Old English mensk (“honor”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈɒnə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɑnɚ/
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- Rhymes: -ɒnə(ɹ)
- (uncountable) Recognition of importance or value; respect; veneration (of someone, usually for being morally upright and/or competent).
- The crowds gave the returning general much honor and praise.
- The King James Bible, Matthew 13.57:
- A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country.
- (uncountable) The state of being morally upright, honest, noble, virtuous, and magnanimous; excellence of character; the perception of such a state; favourable reputation; dignity.
- He was a most perfect knight, for he had great honor and chivalry.
- His honor was unstained.
- (countable) A token of praise or respect; something that represents praiseworthiness or respect, such as a prize or award given by the state to a citizen.
- Honors are normally awarded twice a year: on The Queen's Birthday in June and at the New Year.
- He wore an honor on his breast.
- military honors; civil honors
- Audie Murphy received many honors, such as the Distinguished Service Cross.
- (Can we date this quote?), Dryden:
- their funeral honors
- A privilege.
- I had the honour of dining with the ambassador.
- (in the plural) The privilege of going first.
- I'll let you have the honours, Bob—go ahead.
- (golf) The right to play one's ball before one's opponent.
- A cause of respect and fame; a glory; an excellency; an ornament.
- He is an honour to his nation.
- (feudal law) A seigniory or lordship held of the king, on which other lordships and manors depended.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Cowell to this entry?)
- (heraldry, countable) The center point of the upper half of an armorial escutcheon. (Compare honour point.)
- (countable, card games) In bridge, an ace, king, queen, jack, or ten especially of the trump suit. In some other games, an ace, king, queen or jack.
- (in the plural) (Courses for) an honours degree: a university qualification of the highest rank.
- At university I took honours in modern history.
Like many other words ending in -our/-or, this word is usually spelled honour in the UK and honor in the US. However, the spelling honour is considered more formal in the United States, and is standard in formulations such as "the honour of your presence" as used on wedding invitations and other very formal documents.
- (transitive) To think of highly, to respect highly; to show respect for; to recognise the importance or spiritual value of.
- The freedom fighters will be forever remembered and honored by the people.
- (transitive) To conform to, abide by, act in accordance with (an agreement, treaty, promise, request, or the like).
- I trusted you, but you have not honored your promise.
- refuse to honor the test ban treaty
- (transitive) To confer (bestow) an honour or privilege upon (someone).
- Ten members of the profession were honored at the ceremony.
- The prince honored me with an invitation to his birthday banquet.
- (transitive) To make payment in respect of (a cheque, banker's draft etc).
- I'm sorry Sir, but the bank did not honour your cheque.
- worthy (verb)
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honor m (plural honors)
- honos (Old Latin)
- “honor” in Charlton T. Lewis & Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1879.
- De Vaan, Michiel (2008) Etymological Dictionary of Latin and the other Italic Languages (Leiden Indo-European Etymological Dictionary Series; 7), Leiden, Boston: Brill
honor m inan
honor m (plural honores)
- indefinite plural of hona