- 1[uncountable] great respect and admiration for someone the guest of honor (= the most important one) the seat/place of honor (= given to the most important guest) They stood in silence as a mark of honor to her. see also maid of honor, matron of honor privilege
- 2[singular] (formal) something that you are very pleased or proud to do because people are showing you great respect It was a great honor to be invited here today. synonym privilege Thesauruspleasuredelight joy privilege treat honorThese are all words for things that make you happy or bring you enjoyment.pleasure a thing that brings you enjoyment or satisfaction:the pleasures and pains of everyday life It's been a pleasure talking with you.delight a thing or person that brings you great enjoyment or satisfaction:the delights of living in the countryjoy a thing or person that brings you great enjoyment or happiness:the joys and sorrows of childhoodpleasure, delight, or joy?A delight or a joy is greater than a pleasure; a person, especially a child, can be a delight or joy, but not a pleasure;joys are often contrasted with sorrows, but delights are not.privilege (somewhat formal) something that you are proud and lucky to have the opportunity to do:It was a great privilege to hear her sing.treat (informal) a thing that someone enjoyed or is likely to enjoy very much:You've never been to this area before? Then you're in for a real treat.honor (formal) something that you are very pleased or proud to do because people are showing you great respect:It was a great honor to be invited to speak here today.Patterns the pleasures/delights/joys of something It's a great pleasure/joy >to me that…> It's a pleasure/delight/joy/privilege/treat/honor >to do something> It's a pleasure/delight/joy >to see/find…> a pleasure/delight/joy to behold/watch a real pleasure/delight/joy/privilege/treat a great pleasure/joy/privilege/honor a rare joy/privilege/treat/honor moral behavior
- 3[uncountable] the quality of knowing and doing what is morally right a man of honor Proving his innocence has become a matter of honor. reputation
- 4[uncountable] a good reputation; respect from other people upholding the honor of your country The family honor is at stake. compare dishonor someone or something causing respect
- 5[singular] honor to something/somebody a person or thing that causes others to respect and admire something/someone She is an honor to the profession. award
- 6 [countable] an award, official title, etc. given to someone as a reward for something that they have done to win the highest honor He was buried with full military honors (= with a special military service as a sign of respect). in education
- 7 honors [plural] (often used as an adjective) a course that is at a higher level than a basic course an honors course I'm in honors English.
- 8honors [plural] if you pass an exam or graduate from a school with honors, you receive a special grade for having achieved a very high standard judge/mayor
- 9His/Her/Your honor [countable] a title of respect used when talking to or about a judge or a mayor No more questions, Your honor. Idioms
- 1used to promise very seriously that you will do something or that something is true I swear on my honor that I knew nothing about this.
- 2to be trusted to do something You're on your honor not to go into my room.
(honour) nounjump to other results
to do something to make someone feel very proud and pleased Would you do me the honor of dining with me?
do somebody an honor, do somebody the honor (of doing something) (formal)jump to other results
to perform a social duty or ceremony, such as pouring drinks, making a speech, etc. Would you do the honors and draw the winning ticket?
do the honorsjump to other results
to be given the opportunity to do something that makes you feel proud and happy May I have the honor of the next dance? It was Tevez who had the honor of scoring the first touchdown.
have the honor of something/of doing something (formal)jump to other results
used to say that even criminals have standards of behavior that they respect
(there is) honor among thieves (saying)jump to other results
to feel that you must do something because of your sense of moral duty She felt honor-bound to attend as she had promised to. compare duty-bound
(feel) honor-bound to do something (formal)jump to other results
in order to show respect and admiration for someone or something a ceremony in honor of those killed in the explosion A banquet was held in her honor.
in honor of somebody/something, in somebody's/something's honorjump to other results
on your honor (old-fashioned)jump to other results
a thing that someone considers to be very important for their honor or reputation
a point of honorjump to other results