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Definition of honor
1high respect; esteem:his portrait hangs in the place of honor [in singular] a person or thing that brings credit:you are an honor to our profession adherence to what is right or to a conventional standard of conduct:I must as a matter of honor avoid any taint of dishonesty 2a privilege:the great poet of whom it is my honor to speak tonight a thing conferred as a distinction, especially an official award for bravery or achievement:the highest military honors
) a special distinction for proficiency in an examination:she passed with honors
) a class or course of degree studies more specialized than that of the ordinary level: [as modifier]:an honors degree in mathematics
, etc., Honor
) a title of respect given to or used in addressing a judge or a mayor.
Golf the right of teeing off first, having won the previous hole. 3 dated a woman’s chastity or her reputation for this:she died defending her honor 4 Bridge an ace, king, queen, or jack.
) possession in one’s hand of at least four of the ace, king, queen, and jack of trumps, or of all four aces in no trumps, for which a bonus is scored.
(in whist) an ace, king, queen, or jack of trumps.
verb [with object]
1regard with great respect:Joyce has now learned to honor her father’s memory (as adjective honored)an honored guest pay public respect to:talented writers were honored at a special ceremony 2fulfill (an obligation) or keep (an agreement):make sure the franchisees honor the terms of the contract accept (a bill) or pay (a check) when due:the bank informed him that the check would not be honored