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

  • adj. Respected or adhered to because of age or age-old observance.

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  • adj. honored because of great age, or long usage

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Honored for a long time; venerable, and worthy of honor, by reason of antiquity, or long continuance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Honored for a long time; venerable and worthy of honor by reason of antiquity and long continuance: as, a time-honored custom.

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

  • adj. honored because of age or long usage
  • adj. acceptable for a long time


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  • This episode gave birth to the “Washington Monument ploy,” which refers to the time-honored tradition of politicians responding to threats of spending cuts by declaring that the most popular programs would be the first to go.


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  • Here the ministers wear time-honored white robes, adorned with colorful stoles.

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  • But reading too much into what happens in April is a time-honored, New York tradition.

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  • Many Britons celebrated the nuptials in the time-honored tradition of holding street parties.

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  • While the world's attention on Friday focused largely on the royal wedding and the party after it at Buckingham Palace, most people in the U.K. celebrated the nuptials in the time-honored British tradition of holding street parties.

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  • In this political battle, Kirby employed a time-honored tactic of push pollers and ward politicians: He used an ominoussounding claim—“Curiously, the first case of autism was not recorded until the early 1940s, a few years after thimerosal was introduced in vaccines”—to make his accusation sound as if it was idle speculation.

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  • But then, to test his skills in a time-honored fashion taught at all Greek schools of rhetoric, the king asked him to take the opposite stand and denounce Macedonian virtue.

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  • It used to be that kids stayed with their Majors team for as long as they played in that league, allowing for the time-honored practice of coaches stocking their ponds by picking good young ten-year-olds who were not ready for Majors now but showed promise for the future.

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  • But the fact that it was even in question underscores a time-honored form of gamesmanship in baseball: tailoring a team's home field in its favor.

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