honour - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the respect that people have for someone who achieves something great, is very powerful, or behaves in a way that is morally right

    Shame and honour were what motivated people.

    honour of:

    They were prepared to die for the honour of their country.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] the belief and practice of someone who has high moral standards

    It’s no longer just a legal issue, it’s a matter of honour.

    a man of honour (=someone who always behaves in a morally correct way)

  3. 3
    [countable] something you do that you are proud of
    be an honour:

    Being asked to perform at La Scala is an honour for any singer.

    be an honour to do something:

    It’s a great honour to be here with you tonight.

  4. 4
    [countable] [often plural] a prize that someone is given because they have achieved something important
    top/highest honours (=the most important honours):

    The town has taken the top honours in the ‘Britain in Bloomcompetition for the second year running.

    1. a.
      the prize of a special title given by the Queen of England

      John Tucker was made an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours.

  5. 5
    [uncountable] old-fashioned a woman’s virginity (=the fact that she has not had sex) before being married, or the fact that she has never had sex with anyone except her husband
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