honour

Definitions

General English

Accounting

  • verb to pay something because it is owed and is correct

Law

Military

  • noun a moral code of conduct
  • noun an official or public recognition of a person’s achievement

Origin & History of “honour”

English acquired honour via Old French honour from honōr-, the stem form of Latin honōs (later honor). It is not known where the Latin word came from. Derivatives to reach English include honest, honesty, honorary (17th c.), and honorarium (17th c.) (which in Latin denoted virtually a bribe paid in order to get appointed to an honorary post).
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