1. To regard or treat with honor, esteem, or respect; to revere; to treat with deference and submission; when
used of the Supreme Being, to reverence; to adore; to worship.
Honor thy father and thy mother.Ex. xx. 12.
That all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father.John v. 23.
It is a customShak.
More honor'd in the breach than the observance.
2. To dignify; to raise to distinction or notice; to bestow honor upon; to elevate in rank or station; to ennoble; to
exalt; to glorify; hence, to do something to honor; to treat in a complimentary manner or with civility.
Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delighten to honor.Esther vi. 9.
The name of Cassius honors this corruption.Shak.
3. (Com.) To accept and pay when due; as, to honora bill of exchange.
(Hon"or*a*ble) a. [F. honorable, L. honorabilis.]
1. Worthy of honor; fit to be esteemed or regarded; estimable; illustrious.
Thy name and honorable family.Shak.
2. High-minded; actuated by principles of honor, or a scrupulous regard to probity, rectitude, or reputation.
3. Proceeding from an upright and laudable cause, or directed to a just and proper end; not base; irreproachable; fair; as,
an honorable motive.
Is this proceeding just and honorable?Shak.
4. Conferring honor, or produced by noble deeds.
Honorable wounds from battle brought.Dryden.
5. Worthy of respect; regarded with esteem; to be commended; consistent with honor or rectitude.
Marriage is honorable in all.Heb. xiii. 4.
6. Performed or accompanied with marks of honor, or with testimonies of esteem; as, an honorable
7. Of reputable association or use; respectable.
Let her descend: my chambers are honorable.Shak.
8. An epithet of respect or distinction; as, the honorable Senate; the honorable gentleman.
Honorable is a title of quality, conferred by English usage upon the younger children of earls and all
the children of viscounts and barons. The maids of honor, lords of session, and the supreme judges of
England and Ireland are entitled to the prefix. In American usage, it is a title of courtesy merely, bestowed
upon those who hold, or have held, any of the higher public offices, esp. governors, judges, members of
Congress or of the Senate, mayors.
Right honorable. See under Right.