WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
- honesty, fairness, high standards or integrity in one's beliefs and actions:[uncountable]a code of honor.
- a source of credit or distinction:[countable; usually singular]to be an honor to one's country.
- high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank:[uncountable]The president dedicated a memorial in honor of the dead.
glory:[uncountable]to earn a position of honor.
- the privilege of being associated with or receiving a favor from a respected person, group, etc.:[countable; usually singular]the honor of serving on a panel.
- Usually, honors. [plural] evidence, as a special ceremony, decoration, scroll, or title, of high rank or distinction:a funeral with full military honors.
- a title of respect for judges and mayors:[proper noun; His/Her/Your + ~]"Your Honor, I object,'' the lawyer protested to the judge.
- Educationhonors, [plural]
- special rank, award, or recognition given by a school to an outstanding student:graduated with honors.
- Educationa class or course for advanced students, usually involving advanced or independent work:an honors course in linguistics.
v. [~ + object]
- to hold in honor or high respect;
revere:to honor one's ancestors.
- to treat with honor;
give honor or distinction to:Will you honor us with your presence tonight?
- to keep to the terms of:to honor a treaty.
- Businessto accept or pay (a credit card, check, etc.):Most major credit cards are honored at this restaurant.
adj. [before a noun]
- of, relating to, or noting honor:an honor guard of three soldiers carrying flags in the parade.
- Idiomsdo honor to, [ ~ + obj]
- to bring respect to:You do honor to our college.
- to be a credit to:He did honor to his country.
- Idiomsdo the honors, to act as host, as in serving at the dinner table:Please do the honors and carve the roast.
- Idiomson or upon one's honor, bound by one's word or good name:You are on your honor not to cheat.
Also,[esp. Brit.,]honour. hon•or•ee, n.[countable], pl. -ees.
hon•or•er, n. [countable]
- honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions:a man of honor.
- a source of credit or distinction:to be an honor to one's family.
- high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank:to be held in honor.
- such respect manifested:a memorial in honor of the dead.
- high public esteem;
glory:He has earned his position of honor.
- the privilege of being associated with or receiving a favor from a respected person, group, organization, etc.:to have the honor of serving on a prize jury; I have the honor of introducing this evening's speaker.
- Usually, honors. evidence, as a special ceremony, decoration, scroll, or title, of high rank, dignity, or distinction:political honors; military honors.
- (cap.) a deferential title of respect, esp. for judges and mayors (prec. by His, Her, Your, etc.).
- special rank or distinction conferred by a university, college, or school upon a student for eminence in scholarship or success in some particular subject.
- Educationan advanced course of study for superior students. Cf. honors course.
- chastity or purity in a woman.
- GamesAlso called honor card. [Cards.]
- [Bridge.]any of the five highest trump cards, as an ace, king, queen, jack, or ten in the trump suit, or any of the four aces in a no-trump contract. Cf. honor trick.
- [Whist.]any of the four highest trump cards, as an ace, king, queen, or jack in the trump suit.
- Sport[Golf.]the privilege of teeing off before the other player or side, given after the first hole to the player or side that won the previous hole.
- Idiomsbe on or upon one's honor, to accept and acknowledge personal responsibility for one's actions:West Point cadets are on their honor not to cheat on an exam.
- Idiomsdo honor to:
- to show respect to.
- to be a credit to:Such good students would do honor to any teacher.
- Idiomsdo the honors, to serve or preside as host, as in introducing people, or carving or serving at table:Father did the honors at the family Thanksgiving dinner.
- to hold in honor or high respect;
revere:to honor one's parents.
- to treat with honor.
- to confer honor or distinction upon:The university honored him with its leadership award.
- to worship (the Supreme Being).
- to show a courteous regard for:to honor an invitation.
- Business[Com.]to accept or pay (a draft, check, etc.):All credit cards are honored here.
- to accept as valid and conform to the request or demands of (an official document).
- Music and Dance(in square dancing) to meet or salute with a bow.
- of, pertaining to, or noting honor.
- Latin honōrāre, derivative of honor
- Anglo-French (h)on(o)urer
- Latin honōr- (stem of honor, earlier honōs); (verb, verbal) Middle English
- Anglo-French (Old French (h)onor, onur)
- (noun, nominal) Middle English (h)on(o)ur 1150–1200
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged probity, uprightness. Honor, honesty, integrity, sincerity refer to the highest moral principles and the absence of deceit or fraud. Honor denotes a fine sense of, and a strict conformity to, what is considered morally right or due:a high sense of honor; on one's honor.Honesty denotes the presence of probity and particularly the absence of deceit or fraud, esp. in business dealings:uncompromising honesty and trustworthiness.Integrity indicates a soundness of moral principle that no power or influence can impair:a man of unquestioned integrity and dependability.Sincerity implies absence of dissimulation or deceit, and a strong adherence to truth:His sincerity was evident in every word.
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged deference, homage;
reverence, veneration. Honor, consideration, distinction refer to the regard in which one is held by others. Honor suggests a combination of liking and respect:His colleagues held him in great honor.Consideration suggests honor because of proved worth:a man worthy of the highest consideration.Distinction suggests particular honor because of qualities or accomplishments:She achieved distinction as a violinist at an early age.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged distinction.
- 16.See corresponding entry in Unabridged esteem, venerate.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dishonor, dishonesty.