Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French onur, honur, from Latin honos, honor
Date: 13th century
a. good name or public esteem ; reputation
b. a showing of usually merited respect ; recognition <pay honor to our founder> 2. privilege <had the honor of joining the captain for dinner> 3. a person of superior standing — now used especially as a title for a holder of high office <if Your Honor please> 4. one whose worth brings respect or fame ; credit <an honor to the profession> 5. the center point of the upper half of an armorial escutcheon 6. an evidence or symbol of distinction: as a. an exalted title or rank b. (1) badge, decoration (2) a ceremonial rite or observance <buried with full military honors> c. an award in a contest or field of competition d. archaic a gesture of deference ; bow e. plural (1) an academic distinction conferred on a superior student (2) a course of study for superior students supplementing or replacing a regular course 7. chastity, purity <fought fiercely for her honor and her life — Barton Black> 8. a. a keen sense of ethical conduct ; integrity <wouldn't do it as a matter of honor> b. one's word given as a guarantee of performance <on my honor, I will be there> 9. plural social courtesies or civilities extended by a host <asked her to do the honors> 10. a. (1) an ace, king, queen, jack, or ten especially of the trump suit in bridge (2) the scoring value of honors held in bridge — usually used in plural b. the privilege of playing first from the tee in golf Synonyms: honor, homage, reverence, deference mean respect and esteem shown to another. honor may apply to the recognition of one's right to great respect or to any expression of such recognition <the nomination is an honor>. homage adds the implication of accompanying praise <paying homage to Shakespeare>. reverence implies profound respect mingled with love, devotion, or awe <great reverence for my father>. deference implies a yielding or submitting to another's judgment or preference out of respect or reverence <showed no deference to their elders>. Synonym: see in addition honesty. II. transitive verb (honored; honoring) Date: 13th century 1. a. to regard or treat with honor or respect b. to confer honor on 2. a. to live up to or fulfill the terms of <honor a commitment> b. to accept as payment <honor a credit card> 3. to salute with a bow in square dancing • honoree noun • honorer noun
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.