Definition of honor

1a good name or public esteem reputation

b a showing of usually merited respect recognition 

  • pay honor to our founder


  • had the honor of joining the captain for dinner

3a person of superior standing now used especially as a title for a holder of high office 

  • if Your Honor please

4one whose worth brings respect or fame credit 

  • an honor to the profession
5the center point of the upper half of an armorial escutcheon
6an evidence or symbol of distinction: such as
a an exalted title or rank
(1) badgedecoration 

(2) a ceremonial rite or observance 

  • buried with full militaryhonors
c an award in a contest or field of competition
d archaic a gesture of deference bow
e honors plural
(1) an academic distinction conferred on a superior student 
(2) a course of study for superior students supplementing or replacing a regular course


  • fought fiercely for her honor and her life
  •  —Barton Black

8a keen sense of ethical conduct integrity 

  • a man of honor

b one’s word given as a guarantee of performance 

  • on my honor, I will be there

9honors plural social courtesies or civilities extended by a host 

  • asked her to do the honors
10(1) an ace, king, queen, jack, or ten especially of the trump suit in bridge 
(2) the scoring value of honors held in bridge usually used in plural
b the privilege of playing first from the tee in golf