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Definition of "honour" [honour]

  • Chiefly British Variant of honor. (noun)
  • Personal integrity; allegiance to moral principles (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Fame or glory (noun)
  • A person or thing that wins this for another (noun)
  • Great respect, regard, esteem, etc, or an outward sign of this (noun)
  • High or noble rank (noun)
  • A privilege or pleasure (noun)
  • A woman's virtue or chastity (noun)
  • Any of the top five cards in a suit or any of the four aces at no trumps (noun)
  • Any of the top four cards (noun)
  • The right to tee off first (noun)
  • To hold in respect or esteem (verb)
  • To show courteous behaviour towards (verb)
  • To worship (verb)
  • To confer a distinction upon (verb)
  • To accept and then pay when due (a cheque, draft, etc) (verb)
  • To keep (one's promise); fulfil (a previous agreement) (verb)
  • To bow or curtsy to (one's dancing partner) (verb)

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Use "honour" in a sentence
  • "I give you my word of honour as a man -- my word of _honour_, mind you!"
  • "In speaking to them, however, they always used the most abject language, and the most humble tone and posture -- "_Please your honour; and please your honour's honour_" they knew must be repeated as a charm at the beginning and end of every equivocating, exculpatory, or supplicatory sentence; and they were much more alert in doffing their caps to these new men, than to those of what they call _good old families_."
  • "_must_ vindicate his honour yet where I have known such things happen they might have been prevented _with honour_ if the parties had not allowed their passions to get the better of their reason; and you must remember there is never honour to be acquired by being quarrelsome, but the reverse, and that your life ought now to be devoted to the service of your King and country."