Pronunciation: (on'ur),[key] —n. 1. honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions: a man of honor. 2. a source of credit or distinction: to be an honor to one's family. 3. high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank: to be held in honor. 4. such respect manifested: a memorial in honor of the dead. 5. high public esteem; fame; glory: He has earned his position of honor. 6. the privilege of being associated with or receiving a favor from a respected person, group, organization, etc.: to have the honor of serving on a prize jury; I have the honor of introducing this evening's speaker. 7. Usually, honors. evidence, as a special ceremony, decoration, scroll, or title, of high rank, dignity, or distinction: political honors; military honors. 8. (cap.) a deferential title of respect, esp. for judges and mayors (prec. by His, Her, Your, etc.).
9. honors, a. special rank or distinction conferred by a university, college, or school upon a student for eminence in scholarship or success in some particular subject.
b. an advanced course of study for superior students. Cf. honors course. 10. chastity or purity in a woman.
11. Also called honor card.Cards. a. Bridge.any of the five highest trump cards, as an ace, king, queen, jack, or ten in the trump suit, or any of the four aces in a no-trump contract. Cf. honor trick. b. Whist.any of the four highest trump cards, as an ace, king, queen, or jack in the trump suit.
12. Golf.the privilege of teeing off before the other player or side, given after the first hole to the player or side that won the previous hole.
13. be on or upon one's honor, to accept and acknowledge personal responsibility for one's actions: West Point cadets are on their honor not to cheat on an exam. 14. do honor to, a. to show respect to.
b. to be a credit to: Such good students would do honor to any teacher. 15. do the honors, to serve or preside as host, as in introducing people, or carving or serving at table: Father did the honors at the family Thanksgiving dinner.
—v.t. 1. to hold in honor or high respect; revere: to honor one's parents. 2. to treat with honor.
3. to confer honor or distinction upon: The university honored him with its leadership award. 4. to worship (the Supreme Being).
5. to show a courteous regard for: to honor an invitation. 6. Com.to accept or pay (a draft, check, etc.): All credit cards are honored here. 7. to accept as valid and conform to the request or demands of (an official document).
8. (in square dancing) to meet or salute with a bow.
—adj. of, pertaining to, or noting honor. Also,esp. Brit.,honour.