honour

[on-er]
noun, verb (used with object), adjective Chiefly British.

See -or1.
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honour or honor (ˈɒnə)
 
n
1.  personal integrity; allegiance to moral principles
2.  a.  fame or glory
 b.  a person or thing that wins this for another: he is an honour to the school
3.  (often plural) great respect, regard, esteem, etc, or an outward sign of this
4.  (often plural) high or noble rank
5.  a privilege or pleasure: it is an honour to serve you
6.  a woman's virtue or chastity
7.  a.  bridge, poker any of the top five cards in a suit or any of the four aces at no trumps
 b.  whist any of the top four cards
8.  golf the right to tee off first
9.  do honour to
 a.  to pay homage to
 b.  to be a credit to
10.  do the honours
 a.  to serve as host or hostess
 b.  to perform a social act, such as carving meat, proposing a toast, etc
11.  school slang (Brit) 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
 
vb
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)
 
[C12: from Old French onor, from Latin honor esteem]
 
honor or honor
 
n
 
vb
 
[C12: from Old French onor, from Latin honor esteem]
 
'honourer or honor
 
n
 
'honorer or honor
 
n
 
'honourless or honor
 
adj
 
'honorless or honor
 
adj

Honour (ˈɒnə)
 
n (preceded by Your, His, or Her)
a.  a title used to or of certain judges
 b.  (in Ireland) a form of address in general use

honours or (US) honors (ˈɒnəz)
 
pl n
1.  observances of respect
2.  (often capital)
 a.  (in a university degree or degree course) a rank of the highest academic standard
 b.  general Compare pass Hons (as modifier): an honours degree
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
 
honors or (US) honors
 
pl n

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honour
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Example sentences
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.
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