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It's a great privilege and an honour to have the experiences and opportunities that I do to meet extraordinary Australians right across our country who share a great generosity of spirit.
Quentin Bryce

Meaning of "honour" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD HONOUR

From Old French onor, from Latin honor esteem.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF HONOUR

honour  [ˈɒnə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF HONOUR

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Honour is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb honour in English.

WHAT DOES HONOUR MEAN IN ENGLISH?

honour

Honour

Honour is an abstract concept entailing a perceived quality of worthiness and respectability that affects both the social standing and the self-evaluation of an individual or corporate body such as a family, school, regiment or nation. Accordingly, individuals are assigned worth and stature based on the harmony of their actions with a specific code of honour, and the moral code of the society at large. Honour can be viewed in the light of Psychological nativism as being as real to the human condition as love, and likewise deriving from the formative personal bonds that establish one's personal dignity and character. From the point of moral relativism, honour is perceived as arising from universal concerns for material circumstance and status, rather than fundamental differences in principle between those who hold different honour codes. Dr Samuel Johnson, in his A Dictionary of the English Language, defined honour as having several senses, the first of which was "nobility of soul, magnanimity, and a scorn of meanness." This sort of honour derives from the perceived virtuous conduct and personal integrity of the person endowed with it.

Definition of honour in the English dictionary

The first definition of honour in the dictionary is personal integrity; allegiance to moral principles. Other definition of honour is fame or glory. Honour is also a person or thing that wins this for another.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO HONOUR

PRESENT

Present
I honour
you honour
he/she/it honours
we honour
you honour
they honour
Present continuous
I am honouring
you are honouring
he/she/it is honouring
we are honouring
you are honouring
they are honouring
Present perfect
I have honoured
you have honoured
he/she/it has honoured
we have honoured
you have honoured
they have honoured
Present perfect continuous
I have been honouring
you have been honouring
he/she/it has been honouring
we have been honouring
you have been honouring
they have been honouring
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I honoured
you honoured
he/she/it honoured
we honoured
you honoured
they honoured
Past continuous
I was honouring
you were honouring
he/she/it was honouring
we were honouring
you were honouring
they were honouring
Past perfect
I had honoured
you had honoured
he/she/it had honoured
we had honoured
you had honoured
they had honoured
Past perfect continuous
I had been honouring
you had been honouring
he/she/it had been honouring
we had been honouring
you had been honouring
they had been honouring
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will honour
you will honour
he/she/it will honour
we will honour
you will honour
they will honour
Future continuous
I will be honouring
you will be honouring
he/she/it will be honouring
we will be honouring
you will be honouring
they will be honouring
Future perfect
I will have honoured
you will have honoured
he/she/it will have honoured
we will have honoured
you will have honoured
they will have honoured
Future perfect continuous
I will have been honouring
you will have been honouring
he/she/it will have been honouring
we will have been honouring
you will have been honouring
they will have been honouring
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would honour
you would honour
he/she/it would honour
we would honour
you would honour
they would honour
Conditional continuous
I would be honouring
you would be honouring
he/she/it would be honouring
we would be honouring
you would be honouring
they would be honouring
Conditional perfect
I would have honour
you would have honour
he/she/it would have honour
we would have honour
you would have honour
they would have honour
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been honouring
you would have been honouring
he/she/it would have been honouring
we would have been honouring
you would have been honouring
they would have been honouring
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you honour
we let´s honour
you honour
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to honour
Past participle
honoured
Present Participle
honouring
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH HONOUR


belladonna
ˌbɛləˈdɒnə
dishonour
dɪsˈɒnə
doner
ˈdɒnə
Donna
ˈdɒnə
goner
ˈɡɒnə
gonna
ˈɡɒnə
hizzoner
hɪˈzɒnə
honor
ˈɒnə
Madonna
məˈdɒnə
Maradona
ˌmærəˈdɒnə
Murphy-O´Connor
ˈmɜːfɪəʊˈkɒnə
O´Connor
əʊˈkɒnə
Shona
ˈʃɒnə
thronner
ˈθrɒnə
ultramarathoner
ˌʌltrəˈmærəˌθɒnə
wanna
ˈwɒnə
wonner
ˈwɒnə
Yukoner
ˈjuːkɒnə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE HONOUR

honors degree
honour bright
honour guard
honour killing
Honour Moderations
honour school
honour-bound
honourability
honourable
honourable discharge
honourable mention
honourableness
honourably
honoured
honourer
honourless
honours
honours course
honours degree
honours list

WORDS THAT END LIKE HONOUR

code of honour
court of honour
debt of honour
demeanour
field of honour
guard of honour
guest of honour
lap of honour
Legion of Honour
maid of honour
matron of honour
matrons of honour
misdemeanour
on one´s honour
point of honour
roll of honour
word of honour

Synonyms and antonyms of honour in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «HONOUR»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «honour» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of honour

Translation of «honour» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF HONOUR

Find out the translation of honour to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of honour from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «honour» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

荣誉
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

honor
570 millions of speakers

English

honour
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

सम्मान
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

شَرَف
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

честь
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

honra
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

সম্মান ডিগ্রী
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

honneur
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Ijazah kehormat
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Ehre
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

道義心
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

명예
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Honors degree
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

danh dự
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

மரியாதை பட்டம்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

सन्मान पदवी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Onur derecesi
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

onore
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

honor
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

честь
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

onoare
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

τιμή
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

eer
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

ära
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ære
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of honour

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «HONOUR»

The term «honour» is very widely used and occupies the 5.519 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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Principal search tendencies and common uses of honour
List of principal searches undertaken by users to access our English online dictionary and most widely used expressions with the word «honour».

FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «HONOUR» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «honour» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «honour» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about honour

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10 QUOTES WITH «HONOUR»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word honour.
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Leon Askin
1988 I also received from the city of Vienna the cross of honour for art and science. These titles and the various honors mean a great deal to me, most of all for the reason that they would mean a great deal to my parents too.
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Charles Glover Barkla
The Nobel Prize is without doubt the highest honour, the most coveted honour, which can be bestowed on a scientist.
3
Abu Bakar Bashir
But the leaders of the OIC could not even accept Mahathir's proposal, yet they talk about respect and honour.
4
Douglas Booth
Every year I look at the 'GQ' Best-Dressed List and have thought what an honour it must be to be included. I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw my own face in there.
5
Matthew Bourne
I'm very conscious that I want the dance audience to respond and respect what I'm doing, so I'm always very true to the music and I honour the music in the way I see it - I don't mess around with the music.
6
Georg Brandes
I was not afraid of what I did not like. To overcome dislike of a thing often satisfied one's feeling of honour.
7
Geraldine Brooks
I think that you can honour the sacrifices of a common soldier without glorifying war.
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Quentin Bryce
It's a great privilege and an honour to have the experiences and opportunities that I do to meet extraordinary Australians right across our country who share a great generosity of spirit.
9
Emily Carr
The men resent a woman getting any honour in what they consider is essentially their field. Men painters mostly despise women painters. So I have decided to stop squirming, to throw any honour in with Canada and women.
10
Jimmy Chamberlin
It is an honour and a privilege to play music for a living, and I don't take it for granted, not even for a second.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «HONOUR»

Discover the use of honour in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to honour and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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'Honour': Crimes, Paradigms and Violence Against Women
The first of its kind, this book serves as a resource in addressing 'honour crimes' and, more broadly, violence against women, and will be of interest to a multi-disciplinary academic audience as well as to lawyers, policy-makers and ...
Sara Hossain, Lynn Welchman, 2005
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Honour in African History
This is the first published account of the role of honour in African history.
John Iliffe, 2005
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Man's Inhumanity to Man: Essays on International Law in ...
Of Yugoslavia in 1999).
Antonio Cassesse, Lal Chand Vohrah, 2003
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Honour Killing: Dilemma, Ritual, Understanding
This book explores the various contexts in which men commit honour killing in Pakistan, and analyses the discourses that deal with it.
Amir Hamid Jafri, 2008
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A World History of Art
Expanded to include the latest discoveries in prehistoric art as well as the most recent developments in non-Western and modern art, this is an up-to-date and wide ranging history of art.
Hugh Honour, John Fleming, 2005
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Living with Honour:What is Easy to See is Easy to Miss
This authoritative book, filled with true-to-life examples, is one of the best-sellers in recent times with over 800,000 copies in print. This book is a road map, revealing and inspiring all individuals to a life worth living.
Shiv Khera, 2003
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Honour, Violence, Women and Islam
What do such crimes represent? And how does HRV fit in with Western views and perceptions of Islam? This distinctively comparative collection examines the concept of HRV against women in general and Muslim women in particular.
Mohammad Mazher Idriss, Tahir Abbas, 2010
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Text and Technology: In Honour of John Sinclair
An extensive index further enhances the value of this collection as a reference point for many of the issues that currently lie at the heart of modern linguistics enquiry
Mona Baker, Gill Francis, Elena Tognini-Bonelli, 1993
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Purified by Blood: Honour Killings Amongst Turks in the ...
Annotation Elizabeth A. Kaye specializes in communications as part of her coaching and consulting practice. She has edited Requirements for Certification since the 2000-01 edition.
Clementine van Eck, 2003
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Napoleon's Guards of Honour: 1813-14
The story of their organisation, uniforms and service is researched from rare archives and memoirs, and illustrated with portraits, surviving uniform items, and meticulous colour plates.
Ronald Pawly, 2012

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «HONOUR»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term honour is used in the context of the following news items.
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Vodianova: This is a great honour - FIFA.com
"The fact that the World Cup will be held in my own country is an incredible honour," she added. "For Russia, to organise an event of this calibre ... «FIFA.com, Jul 15»
2
New Sovereign's Medal to honour Canadian volunteers | CTV News
The new honour incorporates and replaces the existing Governor General's Caring Canadian Award, established in 1995 by then-governor ... «CTV News, Jul 15»
3
BBC Sport - Glasgow Warriors: Taqele Naiyaravoro 'to honour deal'
"He's definitely coming to Glasgow to honour his commitments, at least for the first year," said Tyran Smith. A move away from Australia would ... «BBC Sport, Jul 15»
4
March in honour of Newhall war hero Russell Aston set for return …
Tab 4 the Fallen 11 is held every year in honour of Corporal Russell Aston, a member of the Royal Military Police who was shot dead in Majar ... «Burton Mail, Jul 15»
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ESPYs honour late college basketball player Lauren Hill with best …
There was online backlash when ESPN decided to honour Caitlyn Jenner with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award, with many believing Hill was ... «Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Jul 15»
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Showdown Medal to be renamed in Phil Walsh's honour | The Roar
The fairest and best player in Sunday's Showdown 39 will be awarded the Phil Walsh Medal in honour of Walsh's legacy to both Port Adelaide ... «The Roar, Jul 15»
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Jesse Eisenberg backtracks over Comic Con Genocide comments …
"That said, it was really an honour to be on that end of such jubilation." The actor also claims he actually thought the event was 'wonderful.'. «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»
8
The Spectator at war: Scout's honour - Spectator Blogs
In other words, his service will be in proportion to his recognition of personal obligation—in proportion to his honour. In what are called the ... «Spectator.co.uk, Jul 15»
9
NSW Police honour adoptive parents of dumped baby girl at …
The adoptive parents of Lily Grace, the unidentified baby girl found buried in sand at South Maroubra, have been honoured by the NSW Police ... «The Daily Telegraph, Jul 15»
10
Campaign launched to create public art in honour of Halifax activist …
WATCH: Friends of murdered Halifax activist Raymond Taavel have started a campaign to create a public work of art to commemorate his life. «Globalnews.ca, Jul 15»

REFERENCE
« EDUCALINGO. Honour [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/honour>. Apr 2020 ».
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