honor Definition

  • 1high respect; great esteem
  • 2a clear sense of what is morally right
  • 3a privilege

Using honor: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "honor" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He was a man of honor and integrity.

  • Example

    She was honored for her contributions to the community.

  • Example

    It's an honor to meet you, sir.

  • Example

    The soldier received a medal for his bravery and honor.

honor Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using honor

  • perform a special task or duty, often as a host or hostess


    Would you like to do the honors and cut the cake?

  • honor among thieves

    a sense of loyalty and moral code shared by criminals or those engaged in illegal activities


    Even though they were on opposite sides of the law, there was a certain honor among thieves that kept them from betraying each other.

  • honor-bound

    obligated or compelled by one's sense of honor or duty


    As a soldier, he felt honor-bound to defend his country and protect its citizens.

Phrases with honor

  • a system based on trust, where people are expected to act honestly and with integrity


    The library operates on an honor system, where patrons are trusted to return books on time.

  • a list of students who have achieved high grades or academic excellence


    She made the honor roll every semester in high school.

  • a set of rules or principles that promote academic integrity and honesty


    The university has a strict honor code that prohibits cheating and plagiarism.

Origins of honor

from Old French 'honor', from Latin 'honos'


Summary: honor in Brief

The term 'honor' [ˈɑːnər] refers to high respect, moral integrity, and privilege. It can be used to describe people, such as 'He was a man of honor and integrity,' or events, such as 'She was honored for her contributions to the community.' 'Honor' also extends into phrases like 'honor system,' and idioms like 'do the honors,' denoting special tasks or duties. It can be formal, as in 'esteem,' or informal, as in 'props.'

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