from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. High respect, as that shown for special merit; esteem: the honor shown to a Nobel laureate.
  • n. Good name; reputation.
  • n. A source or cause of credit: was an honor to the profession.
  • n. Glory or recognition; distinction.
  • n. A mark, token, or gesture of respect or distinction: the place of honor at the table.
  • n. A military decoration.
  • n. A title conferred for achievement.
  • n. High rank.
  • n. The dignity accorded to position: awed by the honor of his office.
  • n. Great privilege: I have the honor to present the governor.
  • n. Used with His, Her, or Your as a title and form of address for certain officials, such as judges and mayors: Her Honor the Mayor.
  • n. Principled uprightness of character; personal integrity.
  • n. A code of integrity, dignity, and pride, chiefly among men, that was maintained in some societies, as in feudal Europe, by force of arms.
  • n. A woman's chastity or reputation for chastity.
  • n. Social courtesies offered to guests: did the honors at tea.
  • n. Special recognition for unusual academic achievement: graduated from college with honors.
  • n. A program of advanced study for exceptional students: planned to take honors in history.
  • n. Sports The right of being first at the tee in golf.
  • n. Games 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.
  • n. Games The points allotted to these cards. Often used in the plural.
  • transitive v. To hold in respect; esteem.
  • transitive v. To show respect for.
  • transitive v. To bow to (another dancer) in square dancing: Honor your partner.
  • transitive v. To confer distinction on: He has honored us with his presence.
  • transitive v. To accept or pay as valid: honor a check; a store that honors all credit cards.
  • idiom honor bound Under an obligation enforced by the personal integrity of the one obliged: I was honor bound to admit that she had done the work.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being morally upright, honest, noble, virtuous, and magnanimous; the perception of such a state.
  • n. Veneration of someone, usually for being morally upright and/or competent.
  • n. A prize or award.
  • n. The center point of the upper half of an armorial escutcheon.
  • n. An ace, king, queen, jack, or ten especially of the trump suit in bridge.
  • n. The privilege of going first.
  • v. To show respect for.
  • v. To conform to, abide by, act in accordance with (an agreement, request, or the like).
  • v. To bestow an honor on a person

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation; respect; consideration; reverence; veneration; manifestation of respect or reverence.
  • n. That which rightfully attracts esteem, respect, or consideration; self-respect; dignity; courage; fidelity; especially, excellence of character; high moral worth; virtue; nobleness.
  • n. Purity; chastity; -- a term applied mostly to women, but becoming uncommon in usage.
  • n. 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; integrity; uprightness; trustworthness.
  • n. That to which esteem or consideration is paid; distinguished position; high rank.
  • n. Fame; reputation; credit.
  • n. A token of esteem paid to worth; a mark of respect; a ceremonial sign of consideration
  • n. A cause of respect and fame; a glory; an excellency; an ornament.
  • n. A title applied to the holders of certain honorable civil offices, or to persons of rank. See Note under Honorable.
  • n. A seigniory or lordship held of the king, on which other lordships and manors depended.
  • n. Academic or university prizes or distinctions.
  • n. The ace, king, queen, and jack of trumps. The ten and nine are sometimes called Dutch honors.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. 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.
  • transitive v. To accept and pay when due.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To hold in honor; regard with honor; treat with deference; respect; revere; when said of the Supreme Being, to reverence; adore; worship.
  • To bestow honor upon; do or bring honor to; distinguish honorably or respectfully; favor (with) as an honor: as, to honor one with a title.
  • To perform some duty of respect or credit toward: as, to honor an invitation or an introduction; specifically, in com., to accept and pay when due: as, to honor a bill of exchange.
  • n. Respect blended with some degree of reverence; esteem due to worth or exalted merit of any kind; deferential approbation or admiration.
  • n. Personal title to high respect or esteem; elevation of character; a controlling sense of what is right, true, and due; probity of feeling and conduct: often applied specifically to loyalty and high courage in men and chastity in women, as virtues of the highest consideration.
  • n. A state, condition, circumstance, or character which confers or attracts high consideration and respect; hence, a person of such condition or character; a source or ground of esteem, respect, or consideration, as elevated rank, dignity, conduct, etc.: as, a post of honor; I have not the honor of his acquaintance; he is an honor to his country.
  • n. Hence That which attracts respect or admiration; distinction; adornment.
  • n. A manifestation or token of esteem; a mark of respect, distinction, or high consideration: as, to do one honor; the honor of knighthood; the honors of war; military honors.
  • n. With a possessive personal pronoun, a deferential title of address or denotation formerly used for men of superior condition generally, but now (except as a mark of servility) restricted in England to the holders of certain offices, particularly judges, including those of the county courts, and in the United States to mayors, judges, and magistrates: as, your honor; his honor the judge.
  • n. In English law, a seigniory of several manors held under one baron or lord paramount.
  • n. In whist, one of the four highest trump-cards. See whist.
  • n. plural Civilities paid; hospitalities or courtesies rendered, as at an entertainment.
  • n. Special rank or distinction conferred by a university, college, or school upon a student for eminence in scholarship or success in some particular subject: usually in the plural.
  • n. In several European armies, a court composed of officers authorized to inquire into and punish all breaches of the principles of honor on the part of officers.
  • n. Under the code or laws of honor, the obligation to demand or grant satisfaction for a wrong or an insult, especially by means of a duel.
  • n. To gain respect for by honorable or laudable action; do something that brings honor or credit to: as, to do honor to one's self, or to one's profession or country.
  • n. Synonyms Fame, Renown, etc. (see glory, n.); repute, consideration, esteem, credit, respect, homage, civility, deference, high-mindedness, nobleness.
  • n. Integrity, Probity, etc.
  • n. In golf, the right to play off first from the tee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of being honorable and having a good name
  • v. accept as pay
  • v. show respect towards
  • v. bestow honor or rewards upon
  • n. the state of being honored
  • n. a woman's virtue or chastity
  • n. a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

British English honour < Old French honor < Latin honor.



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