I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French onur, honur, from Latin honos, honor Date: 13th century 1. 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 nounhonorer noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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