from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. to bestow honor, as on a guest; to act as host or hostess at an entertainment.
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Puss and Hannah Day spent Saturday with me, and Miss Puss remained all night, so I had to do the honors of the house to them, I enjoyed their company very well.
The amiable Klupssel was unwilling to do the honors of his table by halves, and we all three successively took a view of the next chamber, in company with his little friend, who knew not whether she should laugh or cry.