[syn: honor, honour]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Honor \Hon"or\ ([o^]n"[~e]r), n. [OE. honor, honour, onour,
onur, OF. honor, onor, honur, onur, honour, onour, F.
honneur, fr. L. honor, honos.] [Written also honour.]
1. Esteem due or paid to worth; high estimation; respect;
consideration; reverence; veneration; manifestation of
respect or reverence.
A prophet is not without honor, save in his own
country. --Matt. xiii.
2. That which rightfully attracts esteem, respect, or
consideration; self-respect; dignity; courage; fidelity;
especially, excellence of character; high moral worth;
Godlike erect, with native honor clad. --Milton.
3. Purity; chastity; -- a term applied mostly to women, but
becoming uncommon in usage.
[1913 Webster + PJC]
If she have forgot
Honor and virtue. --Shak.
4. A nice sense of what is right, just, and true, with course
of life correspondent thereto; strict conformity to the
duty imposed by conscience, position, or privilege;
integrity; uprightness; trustworthness.
Say, what is honor? 'T is the finest sense
Of justice which the human mind can frame,
Intent each lurking frailty to disclaim,
And guard the way of life from all offense
Suffered or done. --Wordsworth.
I could not love thee, dear, so much,
Loved I not honor more. --Lovelace.
5. That to which esteem or consideration is paid;
distinguished position; high rank. "Restored me to my
I have given thee . . . both riches, and honor. --1
Kings iii. 13.
Thou art clothed with honor and majesty. --Ps. civ.
6. Fame; reputation; credit.
Some in their actions do woo, and affect honor and
If my honor is meant anything distinct from
conscience, 't is no more than a regard to the
censure and esteem of the world. --Rogers.
7. A token of esteem paid to worth; a mark of respect; a
ceremonial sign of consideration; as, he wore an honor on
his breast; military honors; civil honors. "Their funeral
8. A cause of respect and fame; a glory; an excellency; an
ornament; as, he is an honor to his nation.
9. A title applied to the holders of certain honorable civil
offices, or to persons of rank; as, His Honor the Mayor.
See Note under Honorable.
10. (Feud. Law) A seigniory or lordship held of the king, on
which other lordships and manors depended. --Cowell.
11. pl. Academic or university prizes or distinctions; as,
honors in classics.
12. pl. (Whist) The ace, king, queen, and jack of trumps. The
ten and nine are sometimes called Dutch honors. --R. A.
Affair of honor, a dispute to be decided by a duel, or the
Court of honor, a court or tribunal to investigate and
decide questions relating to points of honor; as a court
of chivalry, or a military court to investigate acts or
omissions which are unofficerlike or ungentlemanly in
Debt of honor, a debt contracted by a verbal promise, or by
betting or gambling, considered more binding than if
recoverable by law.
Honor bright! An assurance of truth or fidelity. [Colloq.]
Honor court (Feudal Law), one held in an honor or seignory.
Honor point. (Her.) See Escutcheon.
Honors of war (Mil.), distinctions granted to a vanquished
enemy, as of marching out from a camp or town armed, and
with colors flying.
Law of honor or Code of honor, certain rules by which
social intercourse is regulated among persons of fashion,
and which are founded on a regard to reputation. --Paley.
Maid of honor,
(a) a lady of rank, whose duty it is to attend the queen
when she appears in public.
(b) the bride's principle attendant at a wedding, if
unmarried. If married, she is referred to as the
matron of honor.
On one's honor, on the pledge of one's honor; as, the
members of the House of Lords in Great Britain, are not
under oath, but give their statements or verdicts on their
Point of honor, a scruple or nice distinction in matters
affecting one's honor; as, he raised a point of honor.
To do the honors, to bestow honor, as on a guest; to act as
host or hostess at an entertainment. "To do the honors and
to give the word." --Pope.
To do one honor, to confer distinction upon one.
To have the honor, to have the privilege or distinction.
Word of honor, an engagement confirmed by a pledge of
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Honor \Hon"or\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Honored ([o^]n"[~e]rd); p.
pr. & vb. n. Honoring.] [OE. honouren, onouren, OF.
honorer, honourer, F. honorer, fr. L. honorare, fr. honor,
1. To regard or treat with honor, esteem, or respect; to
revere; to treat with deference and submission; when used
of the Supreme Being, to reverence; to adore; to worship.
Honor thy father and thy mother. --Ex. xx. 12.
That all men should honor the Son, even as they
honor the Father. --John v. 23.
It is a custom
More honor'd in the breach than the observance.
2. To dignify; to raise to distinction or notice; to bestow
honor upon; to elevate in rank or station; to ennoble; to
exalt; to glorify; hence, to do something to honor; to
treat in a complimentary manner or with civility.
Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king
delighten to honor. --Esther vi.
The name of Cassius honors this corruption. --Shak.
3. (Com.) To accept and pay when due; as, to honora bill of
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction; "an
award for bravery" [syn: award, accolade, honor,
2: the state of being honored [syn: honor, honour,
laurels] [ant: dishonor, dishonour]
3: the quality of being honorable and having a good name; "a man
of honor" [syn: honor, honour] [ant: dishonor,
4: a woman's virtue or chastity [syn: honor, honour,
v 1: bestow honor or rewards upon; "Today we honor our
soldiers"; "The scout was rewarded for courageous action"
[syn: honor, honour, reward] [ant: attaint,
disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, shame]
2: show respect towards; "honor your parents!" [syn: respect,
honor, honour, abide by, observe] [ant: disrespect]
3: accept as pay; "we honor checks and drafts" [syn: honor,
honour] [ant: dishonor, dishonour]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
337 Moby Thesaurus words for "honor":
abide by, accept, acclaim, accolade, accord respect to, account,
accounting for, acknowledgment, acres, adhere to, administer,
admiration, admire, adoration, adore, adorn, adulate, adulation,
aggrandize, amortize, answerability, apotheosis, apotheosize,
application, appreciate, appreciation, approbation, approval,
approve, arrogation, ascription, assignation, assignment,
assured probity, attachment, attribution, audition, award, awe,
badge, bays, beat the drum, bepraisement, bestow honor upon, blame,
blamelessness, blessing, blotlessness, blow the trumpet, blue book,
breathless adoration, carry out, carry through, cash, celebrate,
celebrity, character, charge, chastity, chattels real, cite,
cleanliness, cleanness, clear, commemorate, complete, compliment,
confer distinction on, congratulation, connection with,
consideration, courtesy, credit, crown, crown with laurel, decency,
decorate, decoration, defer to, deference, deification, deify,
delight, demesne, derivation from, devotion, dignify, dignity,
discharge, distinction, distinguish, do honor, do service, domain,
dress ship, duty, effect, effectuate, eloge, eminence, encomium,
enforce, ennoble, entertain respect for, erect, erectness, esteem,
estimableness, estimation, etiology, eulogium, eulogize, eulogy,
exaggerated respect, exalt, exaltation, exam, examen, examination,
excessive praise, execute, fairness, fame, favor, fill out, final,
final examination, fire a salute, flattery, fulfill, glorification,
glorify, glory, good character, goodness, grace, great go,
great respect, greatness, grounds, hail, hallow, handle, hearing,
hero worship, hero-worship, high ideals, high principles,
high regard, high-mindedness, hold in esteem, hold in reverence,
hold jubilee, homage, hommage, honesty, honorableness, honorific,
honors, idolatry, idolization, idolize, idolizing, illustriousness,
immaculacy, immaculateness, implement, imputation, incorruption,
innocence, integrity, irreproachability, irreproachableness, joy,
jubilate, jubilize, justice, justness, keep, kudos, land,
landed property, lands, laud, laudation, laurels, lift, lionizing,
liquidate, live up to, look up to, lot, lots, maffick,
magnification, magnify, maintain, make, make accounts square,
make merry, make out, manor, mark, meed of praise, meet,
memorability, memorialize, messuage, midsemester, midterm,
moral excellence, moral strength, morality, nobility, notability,
noteworthiness, obeisance, observe, oral, oral examination,
overpraise, paean, palaetiology, panegyric, parcel, pay,
pay homage to, pay in full, pay off, pay regard to, pay the bill,
pay the shot, pay tribute, pay up, placement, plat, pleasure, plot,
praedium, praise, prelim, prestige, principles, privilege, prize,
probity, prominence, promulgate, property, prosecute, pureness,
purity, put in force, put through, quadrat, quiz, real estate,
real property, realty, recognition, rectitude, redeem,
reference to, regard, remarkableness, render, render honor to,
renown, reputability, reputation, repute, respect, respectability,
responsibility, retire, revere, reverence, reverential regard,
righteousness, saddling, salience, salute, satisfy, settle,
sexual innocence, signalize, snowiness, solemnize, solemnly mark,
sound a fanfare, spotlessness, square, square accounts,
stainlessness, strike a balance, sublime, taintlessness, take up,
take-home examination, tenements, test, think highly of,
think much of, think well of, title, toft, transact, trial,
tribute, tripos, unblemishedness, unblottedness, uncorruptness,
undefiledness, unimpeachability, unimpeachableness, unsoiledness,
unspottedness, unstainedness, unsulliedness, untaintedness, uprear,
uprightness, upstandingness, value, venerate, veneration,
virginity, virtue, virtuousness, viva, whiteness, worship, worth,
worthiness, written, written examination
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
HONOR. High estimation. A testimony of high estimation. Dignity. Reputation.
Dignified respect of character springing from probity, principle, or moral
rectitude. A duel is not justified by any insult to our honor. Honor is also
employed to signify integrity in a judge, courage in a soldier, and chastity
in a woman. To deprive a woman of her honor is, in some cases, punished as a
public wrong, and by an action for the recovery of damages done to the
relative rights of a husband or a father. Vide Criminal conversation.
2. In England, when a peer of parliament is sitting judicially in that
body, his pledge of honor is received instead of an oath; and in courts of
equity, peers, peeresses, and lords of parliament, answer on their honor
only. But the courts of common law know no such distinction. It is needless
to add, that as we are not encumbered by a nobility, there is no such
distinction in the United States, all persons being equal in the eye of the
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
HONOR, Eng. law. The seigniory of a lord paramount. 2 Bl. Com. 9f.
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):
Honor, MI -- U.S. village in Michigan
Population (2000): 299
Housing Units (2000): 153
Land area (2000): 0.550506 sq. miles (1.425803 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 0.550506 sq. miles (1.425803 sq. km)
FIPS code: 39080
Located within: Michigan (MI), FIPS 26
Location: 44.665567 N, 86.022118 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 49640
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.