• (America) IPA: /ˈɑn.ɚ/
  • (RP) IPA: /ˈɒn.ə/

honor (chiefly, American spelling)

  1. (uncountable) recognition of importance or value; respect; veneration (of someone, usually for being morally upright or successful)
    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.
  2. (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.
  3. (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.
    • their funeral honors
  4. a privilege
    I had the honour of dining with the ambassador.
  5. (in the plural) the privilege of going first
    I'll let you have the honours, Bob—go ahead.
    1. (golf) the right to play one's ball before one's opponent.
  6. a cause of respect and fame; a glory; an excellency; an ornament.
    He is an honour to his nation.
  7. (feudal law) a seigniory or lordship held of the king, on which other lordships and manors depended
  8. (heraldry, countable) the center point of the upper half of an armorial escutcheon (compare honour point)
  9. (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.
  10. (in the plural) (courses for) an honours degree: a university qualification of the highest rank
    At university I took honours in modern history.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations
  • Russian: честь
  • German: Ehre
  • Portuguese: honra
  • Russian: честь
  • Portuguese: honra
  • Russian: честь
Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: honra
  • Russian: го́рдость
  • Russian: по́честь

honor (honors, present participle honoring; past and past participle honored) (chiefly, American)

  1. (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.
  2. (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
  3. (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.
  4. (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.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • German: ehren
  • Portuguese: honrar
  • Russian: ока́зывать честь
  • Spanish: honrar

Proper noun
  1. A female given name.
    • 2004 Annie Proulx, Bad Dirt, Fourth Estate, ISBN 0007196911, page 104:
      They had named the baby Honor because Eugenie had been moved by Honoré de Balzac's Le Père Goriot in her French class.

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