I left Pete to do the honours, so to say, helped by mamma, of course.
It is in vain to palter with our conscience: there are not two honours—two honesties.
Such also was the punishment awarded the famous Jesuit, Girard, who was loaded with honours when he should have got the rope.
What riches, or honours, or pleasures, can make us amends for the loss of innocence?
Judging myself, I fear it was so when I took the work in hand; not that I cared for the money or the honours to come from it.
To merit this from your honours with all my powers I shall ever be found willing.
These honours were bestowed by the King in person at an investiture held in the Ulster Hall in the afternoon.
He must give up his titles, honours, knighthoods, and things of that sort.
The latter replies that he does not want treasures or honours, but a diploma drawn up in legal form.
The Prince did the honours of the castle to Vivian with great courtesy.
c.1200, "glory, renown, fame earned," from Anglo-French honour, Old French honor (Modern French honneur), from Latin honorem (nominative honos, later honor) "honor, dignity, office, reputation," of unknown origin. Till 17c., honour and honor were equally frequent; the former now preferred in England, the latter in U.S. by influence of Noah Webster's spelling reforms. Meaning "a woman's chastity" first attested late 14c. Honors "distinction in scholarship" attested by 1782. Honor roll in the scholastic sense attested by 1872. To do the honors (1650s) originally meant the customary civilities and courtesies at a public entertainment, etc.
mid-13c., honuren, "to do honor to," from Old French honorer, from Latin honorare, from honor (see honor (n.)). In the commercial sense of "accept a bill due, etc.," it is recorded from 1706. Related: Honored; honoring.
A custom more honoured in the breach than the observance. Whoever will look up the passage (Hamlet I. iv. 16) will see that it means, beyond a doubt, a custom that one deserves more honour for breaking than for keeping: but it is often quoted in the wrong & very different sense of a dead letter or rule more often broken than kept. [Fowler]