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  • IPA(key): /ˈɒnə(ɹ)/
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honour (countable and uncountable, plural honours)

  1. British spelling, Canadian spelling, South African spelling, Commonwealth of Nations, and Ireland standard spelling of honor.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, []”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene i]:
      Noble she is, but if she have forgot
      Honour and virtue, and convers'd with such
      As, like to pitch, defile nobility,
      I banish her my bed and company.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 4”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: [] [Samuel Simmons], [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      Godlike erect, with native honour clad.
    • 1902, Richard Francis Weymouth, Translation of the New Testament of the Bible, Book 60, 1 Peter 2:4:
      Come to Him, the ever-living Stone, rejected indeed by men as worthless, but in God's esteem chosen and held in honour.
    • 2022 January 12, Benedict le Vay, “The heroes of Soham...”, in RAIL, number 948, page 43:
      In the following month, driver Ben Gimbert and fireman Jim Nightall (posthumously) were awarded the George Cross, the highest honour the King could give civilians.


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honour (third-person singular simple present honours, present participle honouring, simple past and past participle honoured)

  1. British spelling, Canadian spelling, Commonwealth of Nations, and Ireland standard spelling of honor.

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Anglo-Norman honour.


honour (plural honours)

  1. honour


  • English: honour, honor


p. 1, Arthur; A Short Sketch of his Life and History in English Verse of the First Half of the Fifteenth Century, Frederick Furnivall ed. EETS. Trübner & Co.: London. 1864.

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honour m (oblique plural honours, nominative singular honours, nominative plural honour)

  1. Late Anglo-Norman spelling of honur
    [] prierent au roi qe mesme le cont purroit estre restorez a ses noun et honour de marquys queux il avoit pardevant.
    [] prayed to the king that even the count could be restored to his name and his honour of marquee that he had before