b. reputation for chastity
5. [H-] a title of respect given to certain officials, as judges, preceded by Your or by His or Her
6. something done or given as a token or act of respect; specif.,
d. [pl.] public acts or ceremonies of respect
⇒ buried with full military honors
7. a person or thing that brings respect and fame to a school, country, etc.
9. Golf the privilege of driving first from the tee
13. to do or give something in honor of
a. to accept and pay when due
⇒ to honor a check
b. to carry out the terms of
⇒ to honor a treaty obligation
c. to accept as valid, good for credit, etc.
⇒ a store that honors most credit cards
SYNONYMY NOTE: honor, as compared here, implies popular acknowledgment of a person's right to great respect
as well as any expression of such respect [in honor of the martyred dead]; homage suggests great esteem shown in praise, tributes, or obeisance [to pay homage to the genius of Milton]; reverence implies deep respect together with love [he held her memory in reverence]; deference suggests a display of courteous regard for a superior, or for one to whom respect
is due, by yielding to the person's status, claims, or wishes [in deference to his age] 16. of or showing honor
⇒ honor roll
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Word origin of 'honor'ME honour < OFr < L honor, honos, official dignity, repute, esteem