To honor a person is to give respect to that person’s life and accomplishments. You can use it as a verb or as a noun:

In these sentences, "honor" is a verb:

  • The community honored the police officer with an award for good service.
  • We honor the men and women who have served in the military.
  • Children should honor their parents.
  • The man honored his family in the way that he lived his life.
  • I’m honored to have the privilege of working with you.

honor  For all of his good work, he was honored at a ceremony and given an award.

You can also use "honor" as a noun:

  • Julius received several honors at the ceremony for his athletic and academic accomplishments.
  • It has been an honor to work with you.
  • She’s well known for her honor and her courage.
  • Sarah is going to be the maid of honor at her best friend’s wedding. (maid of honor = the woman who stands beside another woman who is being married.)

Add "able" to make the adjective:

  • Dan received an honorable mention but not an award for his work.
  • Teaching is an honorable profession.
  • The woman’s intentions were honorable, but she failed to meet her goals.

*Note: don’t pronounce the "h" at the beginning of this word.

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This page was first published on June 15, 2014. It was updated on September 11, 2016.