Honor has many uses, all of them good. If you are called a man of honor, you are respected. If someone honors you, they recognize and award you for your achievements.

The term honor has always been a word used to describe men and women of high moral worth or great achievement. It can be used as either a noun or verb, and in many different settings. People graduate from college with honor, meaning they have outstanding grades. A woman of honor is pure and decent. Soldiers are buried with full military honors, which means they are given gun salutes and trumpet calls and the nation's fullest respect.

Definitions of honor
  1. noun
    a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction
    synonyms: accolade, award, honour, laurels
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    prize, trophy
    something given as a token of victory
    (Judaism) the honor of being called up to the reading desk in the synagogue to read from the Torah
    academic degree, degree
    an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study
    crown, pennant
    the award given to the champion
    cachet, seal, seal of approval
    an indication of approved or superior status
    citation, commendation
    an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement
    honorable mention, mention
    an official recognition of merit
    letter, varsity letter
    an award earned by participation in a school sport
    decoration, laurel wreath, medal, medallion, palm, ribbon
    an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
    an award for success in war or hunting
    an annual award by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievements in television
    Nobel prize
    an annual award for outstanding contributions to chemistry or physics or physiology and medicine or literature or economics or peace
    Academy Award, Oscar
    an annual award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for achievements in motion picture production and performance
    Prix de Rome
    an annual prize awarded by the French government in a competition of painters and artists and sculptors and musicians and architects; the winner in each category receives support for a period of study in Rome
    Prix Goncourt
    an award given annually for contributions to French literature
    apple of discord
    (classical mythology) a golden apple thrown into a banquet of the gods by Eris (goddess of discord--who had not been invited); the apple had `for the fairest' written on it and Hera and Athena and Aphrodite all claimed it; when Paris (prince of Troy) awarded it to Aphrodite it began a chain of events that led to the Trojan War
    booby prize
    a prize given to one who finishes last in a contest
    bronze medal
    a trophy made of bronze (or having the appearance of bronze) that is usually awarded for winning third place in a competition
    cup, loving cup
    a large metal vessel with two handles that is awarded as a trophy to the winner of a competition
    gold medal
    a trophy made of gold (or having the appearance of gold) that is usually awarded for winning first place in a competition
    silver, silver medal
    a trophy made of silver (or having the appearance of silver) that is usually awarded for winning second place in a competition
    associate, associate degree
    a degree granted by a two-year college on successful completion of the undergraduates course of studies
    baccalaureate, bachelor's degree
    an academic degree conferred on someone who has successfully completed undergraduate studies
    honours, honours degree
    a university degree with honors
    master's degree
    an academic degree higher than a bachelor's degree but lower than a doctor's degree
    doctor's degree, doctorate
    one of the highest earned academic degrees conferred by a university
    law degree
    degree conferred on someone who successfully completes law school
    honorary degree, honoris causa
    a degree conferred to honor the recipient
    Congressional Medal of Honor, Medal of Honor
    the highest U.S. military decoration awarded for bravery and valor in action `above and beyond the call of duty'
    Distinguished Service Medal
    a United States military decoration for meritorious service in wartime duty of great responsibility
    Distinguished Service Cross
    a United States Army decoration for extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy
    Navy Cross
    a United States Navy decoration for extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy
    Distinguished Flying Cross
    a United States Air Force decoration for heroism while participating in an aerial flight
    Air Medal
    a United States Air Force decoration for meritorious achievement while participating in an aerial flight
    Silver Star, Silver Star Medal
    a United States military decoration for gallantry in action
    Bronze Star, Bronze Star Medal
    a United States military decoration awarded for meritorious service (except in aerial flight)
    Order of the Purple Heart, Purple Heart
    a United States military decoration awarded to any member of the armed forces who is wounded in action
    Oak Leaf Cluster
    a United States military decoration consisting of bronze or silver oak leaves and acorns awarded to anyone who has won a given medal before
    Victoria Cross
    a British military decoration for gallantry
    Distinguished Conduct Medal
    a British military decoration for distinguished conduct in the field
    Distinguished Service Order
    a British military decoration for special service in action
    Croix de Guerre
    a French military decoration for gallantry
    Medaille Militaire
    a French military decoration
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    an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
  2. noun
    the quality of being honorable and having a good name
    “a man of honor
    synonyms: honour
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    dishonor, dishonour
    lacking honor or integrity
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    adhering to moral principles
  3. noun
    the state of being honored
    synonyms: honour, laurels
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    dishonor, dishonour
    a state of shame or disgrace
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    glorification, glory
    a state of high honor
    celebrity, fame, renown
    the state or quality of being widely honored and acclaimed
    esteem, regard, respect
    the condition of being honored (esteemed or respected or well regarded)
    reputation, repute
    the state of being held in high esteem and honor
    high level of respect gained by impressive development or achievement
    black eye
    a bad reputation
    the reputation and popularity a person has
    good repute
    a person's reputation
    favorable public reputation
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    social or financial or professional status or reputation
  4. noun
    a woman's virtue or chastity
    synonyms: honour, pureness, purity
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    chastity, sexual morality, virtue
    morality with respect to sexual relations
  5. verb
    show respect towards
    honor your parents!”
    synonyms: abide by, honour, observe, respect
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    show a lack of respect for
    celebrate, lionise, lionize
    assign great social importance to
    recognize and respect (rights and beliefs of others)
    type of:
    consider or hold as true
  6. verb
    bestow honor or rewards upon
    “Today we honor our soldiers”
    synonyms: honour, reward
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    attaint, disgrace, dishonor, dishonour, shame
    bring shame or dishonor upon
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    drink, pledge, salute, toast, wassail
    propose a toast to
    dignify, ennoble
    confer dignity or honor upon
    award a mark of honor, such as a medal, to
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    recognise, recognize
    show approval or appreciation of
  7. verb
    accept as pay
    “we honor checks and drafts”
    synonyms: honour
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    dishonor, dishonour
    refuse to accept
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    accept, have, take
    receive willingly something given or offered
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