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honour

[on-er] /ˈɒn ər/
noun, verb (used with object), adjective, Chiefly British
1.
Usage note
See -or1.
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  • Now she's angry with me that her honour is not as much as honour as she thought it was.
  • Both served with honour but without much chance for heroics.
  • It was an honour to be present and to have the opportunity of capturing such a beautiful moment x.
  • The gesture was probably the highest honour she could bestow on anyone.
  • But among those who deserve honour is also a humble bureaucrat at the trade ministry.
  • Running one of these collection points, where the milk is tested and weighed, is a position of great honour.
  • Besides the good looks, they said they yearned for the sense of adventure and honour of the medieval era.
  • Surprisingly, considering their crooked purpose, the cash desks seem to have operated on an honour system.
  • It leaves open the way to search and find more worlds, and honour those who find them as discoverers of planets.
  • Excellent behaviour on the part of my two brothers and me would signal our family respect and honour for the old ways.
British Dictionary definitions for honour

honour

/ˈɒnə/
noun
1.
personal integrity; allegiance to moral principles
2.
  1. fame or glory
  2. a person or thing that wins this for another: he is an honour to the school
3.
(often pl) great respect, regard, esteem, etc, or an outward sign of this
4.
(often pl) high or noble rank
5.
a privilege or pleasure: it is an honour to serve you
6.
a woman's virtue or chastity
7.
  1. (bridge, poker) any of the top five cards in a suit or any of the four aces at no trumps
  2. (whist) any of the top four cards
8.
(golf) the right to tee off first
9.
do honour to
  1. to pay homage to
  2. to be a credit to
10.
do the honours
  1. to serve as host or hostess
  2. to perform a social act, such as carving meat, proposing a toast, etc
11.
(Brit, school slang) honour bright, an exclamation pledging honour
12.
in honour bound, under a moral obligation
13.
in honour of, out of respect for
14.
on one's honour, upon one's honour, on the pledge of one's word or good name
verb (transitive)
15.
to hold in respect or esteem
16.
to show courteous behaviour towards
17.
to worship
18.
to confer a distinction upon
19.
to accept and then pay when due (a cheque, draft, etc)
20.
to keep (one's promise); fulfil (a previous agreement)
21.
to bow or curtsy to (one's dancing partner)
See also honours
Derived Forms
honourer, (US) honorer, noun
honourless, (US) honorless, adjective
Word Origin
C12: from Old French onor, from Latin honor esteem

Honour

/ˈɒnə/
noun
1.
preceded by Your, His, or Her
  1. a title used to or of certain judges
  2. (in Ireland) a form of address in general use
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Word Origin and History for honour

chiefly British English spelling of honor; also see -or. Related: Honoured; honouring; honours.

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