Definition of honours system in English:

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honours system

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1(Especially in the UK or other Commonwealth countries) a system of awards and titles conferred by a country or state in recognition of individual achievement or service: the British government is conducting a review of the honours system
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  • Scores of leading Australians have quietly snubbed the country's honours system by refusing to accept awards.
  • Mr. Mandela is also an honorary Companion of the Order of Canada, the centrepiece of Canada's honours system.
  • He publicly criticised the honours system on failing to garner a knighthood.
2A system of university education in which undergraduates pursue a course of study that leads to an honours degree: the traditional honours system of firsts, upper and lower seconds, and thirds would be retained
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  • The system could presage a three-year honours degree at Strathclyde University and undermine Scotland's four-year honours system, which distinguishes universities north of the Border from their English counterparts.
  • If the Edinburgh university pilot is a success it will be the first time in nearly 200 years that the structure of the honours system would be challenged.
  • How does the honours system work in UK universities?
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