1 noun
hon‧our1 W3 British English ; honor American English

something that makes you proud

[singular] formal something that makes you feel very proudCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
great honour rare honour (=a very special honour) dubious honour (=something that you are not sure that you should be proud of) the honour of doing something have the honour of doing something it is an honour to do something (=used as a polite way of saying that you are pleased to do something) do somebody the honour of doing something (=make someone proud and happy by doing something for them)
It is a great honour, something I never expected.
Over 100 players competed for the honour of representing the county in the National Finals.
Earlier this year, I had the honor of meeting the President.
It is an honour to have you here.
Will you do me the honour of becoming my wife?


[uncountable] the respect that you, your family, your country etc receive from other people, which makes you feel proud
honour of
He was prepared even to die in order to defend the honour of his family.
national/family/personal etc honour
For the French team, winning tomorrow's game is a matter of national honour.

in honour of somebody/something

a) in order to show how much you admire and respect someone:
The stadium was named in honour of the club's first chairman.
in somebody's honour
A special dinner will be held in her honour.
b) to celebrate an event:
An oak tree was planted in honour of the occasion.

given to somebody

[countable] something such as a special title or medal given to someone to show how much people respect them for what they have achieved:
Reverend Peters was nominated for the honour by colleagues at Walworth Methodist Church.
highest honour (=most important honour)
The medal is the highest honour the association can bestow (=give).

moral principles

[uncountable] strong moral beliefs and standards of behaviour that make people respect and trust you:
My father was a man of honour and great integrity.
Her actions were always guided by a deep sense of honour (=strong desire to do what is morally right).
matter/point/question of honour (=something that you feel you must do because of your moral principles)
It had become a point of honour not to tell him about Lori.

at university/school


with honours

British EnglishSEC if you pass a university degree with honours, you pass it at a level that is higher than the most basic level

with honors

American English if you finish high school or college with honors, you get one of the highest grades

First Class/Second Class Honours

British EnglishSEC the highest or second highest level of degree at a British university

Your/His/Her Honour

used when speaking to or about a judge:
No, Your Honour.

place of honour

the seat or place which is given to the most important guest or object:
The vase she gave me occupies the place of honor in my living room.

with full military honours

MXPM if someone is buried with full military honours, there is a military ceremony at their funeral

do the honours

spoken to pour the drinks, serve food etc at a social occasion:
Liz, would you do the honors?

your word of honour

a very serious promise that what you are saying is true:
I won't try to see you again. I give you my word of honour.

be an honour to somebody/something

to bring admiration and respect to your country, school, family etc because of your behaviour or achievements:
He's an honour to his family and his country.

be/feel honour bound to do something

formal to feel that it is your moral duty to do something:
We felt honor bound to attend their wedding.

on your honour

a) if you swear on your honour to do something, you promise very seriously to do it
b) old-fashioned if you are on your honour to do something, you are being trusted to do it


[uncountable] old use if a woman loses her honour, she has sex with a man she is not married to

➔ guest of honour

at guest1 (1), maid of honour

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