honour

/ˈɒnə / (say 'onuh)

noun
1. high public esteem; fame; glory.
2. credit or reputation for behaviour that is becoming or worthy.
3. a source of credit or distinction: to be an honour to one's family.
4. high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank: to be held in honour.
5. such respect manifested: to be received with honour.
6. (usually plural) a mark or observance of public respect: he was buried with full military honours.
7. something conferred on someone as a mark of distinction, especially an official award for achievement, community service, or bravery which confers rank or membership of an order: she received an honour for services to the Aboriginal community; there are several ranks of knighthood in the imperial system of honours.
8. a special privilege or favour: I have the honour of acknowledging your letter.
9. (upper case) (preceded by Your, His, Her, etc.) (a deferential title, especially of certain judges.)
10. high-minded character or principles; fine sense of one's obligations: a man of honour.
11. (plural) (in universities)
a. scholastic or academic achievement in a degree examination higher than that required for a pass degree.
b. the grade of scholarship achieved: first-class honours.
c. the course of study.
12. chastity or purity in a woman.
13. Bridge any one of the five highest ranking cards in each suit; for scoring purposes, any one of the highest cards of the trump suit or any one of the four aces at no trump.
14. Whist any of the four highest trump cards.
15. Golf the preference of teeing off before the other players or side, given after the first hole to the player or players who won the previous hole.
verb (t)
16. to hold in honour or high respect; revere.
17. to treat with honour.
18. to confer honour or distinction upon.
19. to worship (the Supreme Being).
20. to show a courteous regard for: to honour an invitation.
21. to accept and pay (a cheque, etc.) when due.
22. to accept the validity of (a document, etc.).
phrase
23. do honour to,
a. to show respect to.
b. to be a credit to.
24. do the honours, to act or preside as host.
25. honour bright, (an exclamation conveying an assurance that one is to be trusted.)
26. on (or upon) one's honour,
a. (an expression acknowledging personal responsibility for one's actions.)
b. (an expression pledging one's reputation as to the truthfulness of a statement, etc.)
c. (an expression promising obedience or good behaviour.)
Also, honor. {Middle English onor, honour, honor, from Old French onur, from Latin honor honour, repute}
honourer, noun
honourless, adjective
Usage: For spelling variation see -our.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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