Honour or honor is an abstract concept entailing a perceived quality of worthiness and respectability that affects both the social standing and the self-evaluation of an individual or corporate body such as a family, school, regiment or nation. Accordingly, individuals are assigned worth and stature based on the harmony of their actions with a specific code of honour, and the moral code of the society at large.

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  1. Recognition of importance or value; respect; veneration (of someone, usually for being morally upright and/or competent).
    The crowds gave the returning general much honor and praise.
  2. The state of being morally upright, honest, noble, virtuous, and magnanimous; the perception of such a state; favourable reputation; dignity.
    His honour is at stake.
    She swore on her honour.
  3. Excellence of character; high moral worth; virtue.
  4. A token of praise or respect; something that represents praiseworthiness or respect, such as an award given by the state to a citizen.
    Honours are normally awarded twice a year: on The Queen's Birthday in June and at the New Year.
    He wore an honour on his breast.
    military honours; civil honours
    Audie Murphy received many honors, such as the Distinguished Service Cross.
  5. A privilege.
    I had the honour of dining with the ambassador.
  6. The privilege of going first.
    I'll let you have the honors, Bob—go ahead.
  7. A cause of respect and fame; a glory; an excellency; an ornament.
    He is an honour to his nation.
  8. A seigniory or lordship held of the king, on which other lordships and manors depended.
  9. The centre point of the upper half of an armorial escutcheon; also honour point.
  10. In bridge, an ace, king, queen, jack, or ten especially of the trump suit. In some other games, an ace, king, queen or jack.
  11. The right to play one's ball before one's opponent plays his.
  12. =honours degree: a university qualification of the highest rank.
    At university I took honours in modern history.


  1. To think of highly, to respect highly, to recognise the importance or spiritual value of.
    The freedom fighters will be forever remembered and honoured by the people.
  2. To confer an honour or privilege upon (someone).
    Ten members of the profession were honoured at the ceremony.
    The prince honoured me with an invitation to his birthday banquet.
  3. To conform to, abide by, act in accordance with (an agreement, treaty, promise, request, or the like).
    I trusted you, but you have not honoured your promise.
    refuse to honor the test ban treaty
  4. To make payment in respect of (a cheque, banker's draft etc).
    I'm sorry Sir, but the bank did not honour your cheque.

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