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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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Examples for honours
  • The campaign brought honours and promotion to many, but for me it had nothing but misfortune and disaster.
  • The award of honours in exchange for donations to royal causes made the monarchy the predominant fount of charity.
British Dictionary definitions for honours

honours

/ˈɒnəz/
plural noun
1.
observances of respect
2.
(often capital)
  1. (in a university degree or degree course) a rank of the highest academic standard
  2. (as modifier) an honours degree, Hons Compare general (sense 9), pass (sense 35)
3.
a high mark awarded for an examination; distinction
4.
last honours, funeral honours, observances of respect at a funeral
5.
military honours, ceremonies performed by troops in honour of royalty, at the burial of an officer, etc

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 honours
honour
See honor.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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